Back in March 2014 I said that Danny Ings would be the first Burnley player since Martin Dobson to earn a full England call-up. It turns out it was Tom Heaton so maybe my crystal ball was slightly distorted. However, I still believe that he will get a first cap and probably sooner rather than later now he is joining Liverpool.
I make no secret of the fact that I am a massive Danny Ings fan, ever since I saw him come off the bench in a reserve game at Chorley against Preston North End. He was relatively unknown back then. I don’t think I knew much about him to be honest. But his feet did the talking. He was quick, agile and had great vision. Which generally mean you should be a decent ball basher.
People have criticised him for running his contract down, but they would have criticised him and the Club more if he’d left before it ended. Footballers can’t win in this department. Damned if they do and damned if they don’t. But can you really blame him for wanting to progress his career? I think its great credit to Burnley Football Club that we keep getting top notch strikers on their way up the ladder. The likes of Jay Rod, Charlie and Fletcher too if I’m being honest. At least we tend not to be getting the journeymen on the way back down. And before anyone mentions he who shall not be named, I have erased him from my memory barring a hat-trick against PNE.
Ings should also be praised for his humility. Few could argue that he has not been a superb ambassador for the Club with his tireless work for local charities and passion for helping kids less fortunate.
I will always be grateful to him for taking the time to send me a get well soon card when I was seriously ill. The fact that my mum wrote to him was quite embarrassing especially as he probably thought I was about ten years old. But no matter. It still cheered me up and one day I hope I will be able to thank him personally.
I am genuinely be sorry to see Danny leave, although my nephew isn’t because he, like his dad, is also a Liverpool fan. But whatever happens he will always be the man who scored the winner against THEM to finally get the monkey off our backs.
I will make one final prediction about our Danny. He will score the winner in the Euro 2016 final.
Once a Claret always a Claret. Good luck Danny.