Pundit Phil Egan has recently talked about Danny Ings and his future at Southampton beyond this summer.
Southampton striker Ings has refused to sign a new contract at the club and as things stand, 12 months are left on his current deal., while Manchester United and Manchester City are said to be interested in the Englishman.
Egan appeared on the latest episode of the OTB Football podcast and one topic of discussion was Ings’ future and whether he should join one of the two Manchester sides. He believes that he’s not going to be a starter at either of the two clubs and because of that, he has a key decision to make about his future.
Will Ings get first-team football away from Southampton?
The pundit said: “I think he’d be more suited to playing for Manchester City – but you have to understand, he’s not going to be a starter; he’s not a starter for either club.
“And that would be my concern for Ings, because when he got the move away from Liverpool and he started banging in goals for Southampton, that’s because he was the starter, he was the main man. You get that rhythm, you get that confidence.
“You think back to that season where he scored 25 goals, everything he touched went in. Whereas, if you go and sit on the bench, and you are called to come on, say for 20 minutes to go, you’ve got to deliver. And if you don’t, then you mightn’t get 20 minutes the next time, you might only get 10, and that window gets shorter and shorter. Then you become a player that plays League Cup games and FA Cup games.
“But if you go to Manchester City, there will be plenty of those games and you might get dead rubbers in the Champions League as well. He’s got to ask himself – does he want to be a regular for Southampton or a different club, or does he want to sit on the bench for a United or a City?”
TIF Thoughts on Ings’ future…
Ings has certainly got a lot of regular first-team football at Southampton after he failed to get that at Liverpool, and he’s taken advantage of the regular game time that he’s received on the south coast, scoring regularly for the Saints.
It shows that he’ll thrive on playing first-team football and he perhaps needs that at his next club as well. United do have Edinson Cavani at the club and Manchester City have Gabriel Jesus in their side – so there’s no guarantee that he’ll get regular first-team football and he’s had a fair share of injury issues in the past, too.
Therefore, it is important for him to make the right decision and sort his career priorities out.