Transfer insider Dean Jones has hinted that Danny Ings could be available to leave Aston Villa at the end of the season.
Ings only joined from Southampton for £25m last summer but doesn’t appear to be part of Steven Gerrard’s plans moving forward.
How has Ings fared at Aston Villa?
The 29-year-old initially made a bright start to life at Villa Park, scoring in his first two appearances, including a stunning acrobatic effort in the draw with Newcastle. Even when Dean Smith changed the formation to a back three, Ings was still starting games alongside Ollie Watkins.
But since Gerrard replaced Dean Smith in November, Ings has found starts extremely hard to come by, with only four in his 12 Premier League matches in charge.
Gerrard has reverted to a back four, with Watkins his preferred choice up front, leaving the former Southampton striker to watch on from the bench more often than not.
In the last three top-flight games, Ings has almost been completely overlooked, playing just 29 minutes, despite Villa needing late goals against both Leeds and then Newcastle last time out.
Therefore, Jones reckons that unless Ings’ fortunes change quickly, he could be put up for sale this summer.
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What did Jones say about Danny Ings?
He told GIVEMESPORT: “There are a few players who you are looking at and they just don’t seem to fit into place.
“You’ve still got a few months of the season to go, and he could still go on a goalscoring run and win him over, but in these early days, Danny Ings is one of those that might become available in the summer.”
Could Ings leave Aston Villa this summer?
As Jones alluded to, Ings is only six months into a three-year contract at Villa and could still go on a run of form and move above Watkins in the pecking order.
But, as it stands, with his opportunities to impress diminishing with every passing week, a situation could occur in the summer where Ings starts to look elsewhere.
By the start of next season, Ings will be the wrong side of 30 and will want to be playing regular football, so unless his situation improves before the end of the season, he could seriously start to consider his future at Villa Park.