Crystal Palace supporters in the Transfer Tavern are eagerly anticipating the 2018/19 Premier League season, what with their team seeking to build upon their solid 11th place finish last time round.
The Eagles gave every side a seven-game head start last term in failing to win or indeed score in any of them, although Roy Hodgson’s arrival as manager to replace the sacked Frank de Boer did wonders for the London-based outfit, who then went on to stay up. The former England chief took over from the Dutchman just four games into the campaign, and while he lost his first three in charge, he then led the Eagles to 44 points from 31 Premier League games to eventually finish 11 points clear of danger.
Subsequently, there are many grateful and indeed excited Palace fans in the Tavern at present, several of whom are likely to be interested by recent reports linking their club with a move for Liverpool striker Danny Ings.
And were the Eagles to indeed get a deal done for the £7.2 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt), not only would it be good news for Palace, but it would also boost the striker’s hopes of returning to the England fold.
Ultimately, things simply haven’t worked out for the 25-year-old at Liverpool, with injuries decimating his time at Anfield to the point that he has managed just 25 senior appearances for the Reds since his move there from Burnley back in 2015.
And with the lethal front three of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, and Mohamed Salah netting an extraordinary 91 goals between them last season, the Englishman isn’t likely to dispose any of them in Jurgen Klopp’s starting eleven.
Yet with Palace struggling somewhat in the forward ranks last term, and Christian Benteke having been linked with a move away this summer, Hodgson could well be on the lookout for further reinforcements, with a move for Ings certainly in the best interests of all parties.
The 25-year-old may well have struggled for regular football in the last few years, but one mustn’t forget that he earned a move to Liverpool as a result of bagging 11 goals in 35 Premier League games for Burnley back in the 2014/15 campaign, which in turn earned him his England debut against Lithuania later that year.
And having overcome injury, Ings now needs a platform from which to showcase his goal-scoring talents once again – Palace could give him that.
And while Harry Kane is expertly leading the line for England at present, manager Gareth Southgate left the likes of Jermain Defoe and Daniel Sturridge at home for this summer’s World Cup to suggest that there could be openings in the striking department – an opening Ings should target if he leaves Liverpool for Palace.
As such, not only would a move for Ings be in Palace’s best interests given their striking woes, but it would also boost the 25-year-old’s chances of returning to the England set-up in the future.
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