It seems to us that most fans of The Premier League clubs would rather see an exotic sounding foreign player come into their club than a player from the lower divisions in England.
Whereas foreign players have that association of mystique and continental sophistication, British players from the Championship seem like very basic alternatives.
Of course that idea is actually wide of the mark. Yes, many other countries around the globe tend to develop their players in a more technical way – Spanish, Brazilian and French players always seem to have a good first touch as standard – but there is nothing to stop a lower league player doing the business in The Premier League. Yet the lower leagues remain very stigmatised in the perception of the elite English clubs.
But The Daily Mail today links a young British gem with Tottenham.
Tottenham need convincing that Burnley hotshot Danny Ings has what it takes to become a top Premier League striker.
Ings has been a revelation in the Championship this season, scoring 25 goals for Sean Dyche’s men so far.
His displays have attracted major interest from the top-flight; with Spurs among the clubs monitoring Ings on a weekly basis.
The report goes on to say that while they like the player they are unsure as to how he would adapt to life at Tottenham and in the top division. I suppose the only way to find out is to have a punt. Ings is only 21 so whatever he costs now, you would recoup most of it regardless of his form at Tottenham.
And while we concur that there is chasm of class between the leagues, what we have seen of Ings this season is highly impressive. He plays with the sort of flair, daring and composure that you would associate with a top player in The Premier League. He looks to us like someone who is quickly outgrowing his current club.
As with all top strikers it’s essential to have decent pace these days. But Ings is no slouch.
Tottenham will need to add a couple of strikers in the summer window and Ings might just be one of them. Let’s take a look at him in action.
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