Danny Ings Profile
|Born||Jul 23, 1992|
Villa striker Danny Ings is one of English soccer's most prolific strikers. Of his 55 Premier League goals, 34 came across just two seasons at Southampton.
The Winchester-born player came through the Southampton academy before moving to fellow south coast club Bournemouth. He made his professional debut for the Cherries in the 2009/10 season. In 2010, he joined Dorchester Town on loan and scored four goals in nine appearances.
He made his full debut for Bournemouth in League One at the end of 2010, and it took him just over a month to score his first professional goal. Ings became a regular during the second half of the campaign and scored his final goal that season in the play-off semi-final defeat to Huddersfield Town.
After a successful first season, Ings was linked with a number of British clubs in higher divisions. He would ultimately sign for Championship side Burnley for a fee of around £1million in 2011, reuniting him with former manager Eddie Howe, who had moved to Lancashire the previous campaign.
Four years at Burnley
Ings struggled to make a significant impact in his first season in the second tier, making just 15 appearances, with three goals scored. His first goal for the club came in a 5-1 win against Portsmouth, with his second arriving in the next match versus Birmingham City. His final goal that season came in the final game against Bristol City - a 30-yard strike.
After the sale of fellow striker Jay Rodriguez to Southampton, Ings began to establish himself as a first team regular. However, in Burnley's final pre-season match of the 2012/13 campaign, Ings suffered a serious knee injury, keeping him out for six months.
Burnley sold another of their strikers, - Charlie Austin to QPR - paving the way for Ings to become his club's first-choice frontman. He hit the ground running and was named Championship Player of the Month for October 2013.
His third season in the division proved to be his best, scoring 22 goals and helping Burnley to finish second, securing promotion to the Premier League. He also won the individual accolade of Championship Player of the Year at the Football League Awards.
He scored both of Burnley's goals in a 2-1 win at Stoke City for their first away win of the Premier League season, his goals coming in the space of two minutes. He made his 100th league appearance for Burnley in a 1-0 win against Southampton on December 13.
His confidence grewand between January and February, he netted five times in six league matches. In May, he scored the winning goals in 1-0 victories over Hull City and Aston Villa to complete the season with 11 goals.
Injury-hit spell at Anfield
Ings played out the fourth and final year of his Burnley contract before signing for Liverpool in June 2015. As Ings was under 24, Burnley were owed compensation for their former player and it took until April 2016 for this to be resolved at a tribunal. Burnley earned £6.5million plus £1.5million in player performance-related bonuses.
He made his Liverpool debut in August 2015 in a 3-0 loss to West Ham United and played his first European match in the Europa League against French club Bordeaux. Just three days later, Ings bagged his first goal for Liverpool, three minutes after coming on as a half-time substitute against Norwich City. He scored his next goal for the club in the Merseyside derby in another 1-1 draw.
In his first training session under new manager Jurgen Klopp, the striker suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury, ruling him out for the majority of the season. He made his return in the last game of the campaign against West Brom.
Ings suffered another knee injury in October 2016 when playing in the League Cup against Tottenham Hotspur. Despite successful surgery, the injury ruled him out for another nine months.
In September 2017, he made his first appearance in 11 months when he came on as a second-half substitute in a 2-0 defeat to Leicester City in the EFL Cup. In April 2018, he scored his first goal after his return in a 2-2 draw with West Brom. It was his first goal since 2015 and his first goal under Klopp.
Finding consistency in the Premier League
Ings requested a move from Anfield in 2018 given his lack of game-time. Klopp reluctantly accepted his request and Ings signed for Southampton on an initial season-long loan which would become permanent for £18million plus £2million in add-ons.
He made his Saints debut as a substitute against former club Burnley before scoring in his first start for Southampton in a 2-1 defeat to Everton.
Ings was scoring at a regular rate and in July 2020, he became only the third player for the club to score 20 league goals in a season, after Matt Le Tissier and James Beattie.
Ings' goal on the final day of the season took him to a personal best of 22 league goals and 25 in all competitions. Southampton finished in 11th place.
Ings ended the season as the joint-second top scorer in the Premier League with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and just one goal behind Leicester's Jamie Vardy.
Southampton's key man continued to fire during the 2020/21 season, scoring 12 times in 29 appearances in the league. He scored his 50th Premier League goal in a hard-fought 1-0 victory over one of his former clubs, Liverpool. He missed a portion of the season due to COVID-19, but returned to score in an FA Cup fifth round win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Ings had rediscovered his goalscoring touch, scoring 34 league goals in just 67 matches at St Mary's. It led to Aston Villa signing the 29-year-old for £25million in the summer of 2021 on a three-year deal.
Playing for the Three Lions
Ings has been involved in the England set-up since featuring for the Under-21s between 2013 and 2015, scoring four times in 13 appearances.
After signing for Liverpool, Ings earned his first full England call-up in October 2015 from Roy Hodgson. He made his debut in the Euro 2016 qualifying match against Lithuania, replacing Harry Kane with around half an hour of the match remaining. England went on to record a 3-0 victory.
Ings had to wait five years to make his next appearance for his country.
In 2020, following impressive performances for Southampton, his second cap came in the Nations League against Iceland. He again came onto the field as a substitute in a 1-0 win.
His first international goal was one to remember, an overhead kick against Wales in a 3-0 friendly win at Wembley.
Danny Ings' personal life
Ings was born in July 1992 in Winchester, England. As a child he dreamed of playing for Southampton. At the age of 10, he was released by Southampton for being too small, but Ings did not give up.
After playing for a local club until he was 15, Ings was invited to attend a trial by Bournemouth in 2008. He earned himself a youth contract before joining Dorchester on loan and then worked his way into Bournemouth's first team.
He has a girlfriend, Georgia, who rose to stardom after competing on Australia's Next Top Model. Ings says she has helped him through a lot, including extended periods out of the game through injury.
Danny Ings' net worth
Ings secured a major deal when signing for Liverpool in 2016, believed to be around £77,000 per week according to Salary Sport.
When joining Southampton, he signed a contract worth the same amount as at Liverpool. Salary Sport have estimated his net worth to be about £4million.
The details of his Aston Villa deal are unknown.