Ings In Good Company As English Forwards Lead The Way In Front Of Goal

Six of the Premier League's seven top scorers after New Year’s Day are English
11:39, 02 Jan 2020

Southampton striker Danny Ings is smashing in goals left, right and centre as Englishmen lead the way in the scoring stakes in the Premier League

The 27-year-old scored his 13th goal of the season in the Saints’ 1-0 victory over Tottenham and he’s keeping pace with England’s clinical best.

Six of the seven top scorers after New Year’s Day are English.

While Jamie Vardy leads the way with 17 strikes to his name this season, Ings is ahead of Marcus Rashford, Tammy Abraham, Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling.

He is in good company and rightly so.

Having suffered devastating injury luck at Liverpool, he managed only 25 appearances at Anfield in three seasons.

Fighting back to fitness, his resurgence with Southampton is fully deserved.

“I graft every day to try and be the best I can be," Ings told Southampton’s website after scoring against Crystal Palace.

“I'm here and enjoying my football again. I feel absolutely loved by the fans and my team, so all of that helps altogether.”

A real poacher with predatory instinct, the attacker is relentless in his pursuit of winning the ball and is a constant pain for the opposition to deal with. He’s being rewarded in front of a goal.

"I try to look out for defensive mistakes,” he said.

"I've got quite a few of them this year where I've been switched on.”

Having proved his top-flight credentials with Burnley, as he netted eleven goals during his debut Premier League season, the Bournemouth academy graduate had the quality to at least be back-up for a top-six side.

However, it didn’t go to plan at Liverpool.

During Jurgen Klopp’s very first training session on Merseyside back in October 2015, Ings, whose work rate would have suited the German’s style and set-up, suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury to his left knee.

Ruled out for the season, it’s only now that he is truly back and firing on all cylinders again.

Showing his instincts with two finishes in a 3-1 win at Aston Villa before Christmas, one senses Ings is the striker who can go on a run, with confidence building, he’ll keep producing.

Having made his England debut just days before that horror injury, in a Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania, he should certainly build on his one cap should he continue his golden form.

“I want to show the country what I'm about again,” Ings said upon signing for Saints in 2018.

He’s certainly doing that and then some.