Ian Wright praises Danny Ings amid links with Manchester City

Sam Preston March 24, 2021
Ian Wright praises Danny Ings amid links with Manchester City
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BBC pundit Ian Wright has lavished praise on Danny Ings amid transfer links to Manchester City this week.

Sky Sports claimed that City are keen on the Southampton hitman in the summer transfer window.

Sergio Aguero’s contract expires at the end of the season and there are question marks over whether Gabriel Jesus is good enough.

Wright said on his Wrighty’s House podcast that Ings has been disrespected in some quarters by people saying he’s not good enough for City.

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“I’ve got to mention Ings – you see the link with City,” said Wright. “The disrespect people are giving Danny Ings. Why are you doing that? He can press like Pep would want him to, and would stay in the areas to get chance upon chance.

“Danny Ings has got himself into the England squad from a terrible injury which meant he couldn’t do what he wanted to do at Liverpool. It wasn’t his fault. Ings could get 25 goals in that City team at a canter.

“Got himself back and scoring goals at this level, making it look easy. Now he’s linked with Manchester City, who may not get their main target but need someone in who can finish chances.

“How does that not make sense to people? When you’re talking about astute management, and the recruitment at that level. Look at Ings, if he was backing up Bobby Firmino now, he could link Liverpool’s attack now.”

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Ings is a prolific scorer for Southampton; so imagine how many he could score in a City team which makes chances galore?

Pep Guardiola’s side also miss a lot of easy chances, and that’s one of the main concerns about Jesus.

Ings is an experienced Premier League marksman, coming towards the prime of his career and he would score goals for City.

Wright knows all about what makes a top striker by the way, and if he says Ings is good enough to play for City or his old club Liverpool, then he probably is.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.