Each of the last two summers have seen Crystal Palace bring in a member of Liverpool’s first-team and now, reports in The Times are suggesting that Roy Hodgson is lining up a third transfer in the shape of former Burnley frontman Danny Ings.
The Eagles have been linked with the 25-year-old on and off for much of the last year but following another season in which he failed to make any real impact under Jurgen Klopp, it’s looking increasingly likely that a move away would represent the best option for both he and the Reds.
Given his well documented injury problems, Ings would represent a significant risk for Roy Hodgson and Palace, despite his tender age. Whilst no one would deny that he has an eye for goal when fit and full of confidence, the fact that he’s managed just 26 first-team appearances in three years on Liverpool’s books is enough to set alarm bells ringing in anyone’s mind.
With Christian Benteke having endured a high-profile barren run in front of goal last term, Connor Wickham still recovering from a horrific ACL injury and Alexander Sorloth still getting to grips with life in the Premier League, I don’t think I’ll be alone in expressing some concern over the prospect of Palace making a permanent offer for a striker who’s barely played for three years.
Ings would of course cost a relatively modest amount but with Roy Hodgson and the board seemingly looking to further stabalise the club in the Premier League over the next 12 to 18 months, I can’t help but feel that we’d be better off going after a frontman who doesn’t have so much potential risk attached.
Ings could arrive in SE25 and hit the ground running, putting to bed any worries about his fitness whilst simultaneously rediscovering his goal-scoring touch but for now, I’m sure you can forgive me for looking at this potential deal with a sense of trepidation rather than pure excitement.