Ings would be perfect striker signing for Everton

Stories have been circulating which claim Danny Ings wants to leave Southampton, so would he be a good option as Everton search for more goals next season?

The England forward has apparently decided he doesn’t want to stay at St Mary’s long-term so the south coast club might decide to cash in on him now. He could be a great option for Everton.

Ings has been one of the most consistently predatory strikers in English football, despite playing in struggling sides over the last few seasons. He’s also a player who has had a superb record scoring against the Blues, unfortunately. Maybe it would be good to sign him just so he can’t carry on netting against Everton!

The ex-Liverpool striker has been outstanding for Southampton since he moved their after an injury-hit time at Anfield.

And that issue is a big one as Ings has spent quite a lot of time in his career injured and was absent for a spell again last season.

However, Ings is a top quality finisher who has scored goals wherever he has played. He is a natural and instinctive forward who is very good at finding space and finishing calmly. Furthermore, he is a hard-working forward and this would fit in well with Rafa Benitez’s mindset.

Current Everton number nine Dominic Calvert-Lewin is a fine centre-forward who has enjoyed his best season in terms of goals last term.

But while he has plenty of qualities – his pace, power, ability to hold the ball up and exceptional threat in the air –  he still misses a lot of chances and so supplementing his qualities with a genuine goal pocher would seem a good idea.

In addition, Ings is versatile, can play off the main striker or in wide positions giving his manager plenty of tactical options.

And also creates goals too as he notched four assists along with his twelve goals last season.

That’s a good return and also helps with another issue; the lack of chances made by the Blues two main forwards Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison neither of whom are genuinly creative players.

Everton do need additional forward options, more creativity and more goals and Ings could be a perfect foil for Calvert-Lewin.

He could also operate as a lone striker in certain tactical situations and he has experience alongside the Toffees number nine having played with him for England when Calvert-Lewin made his international debut last year.

I don’t know if Benitez is looking to sign another striker as a priority and he’s got plenty of other areas of the team he needs to strengthen, but a player like Ings would be an ideal striking option.