The subject of mass speculation in recent days, all eyes were on Danny Ings as Burnley welcomed Newcastle to Turf Moor on Tuesday evening. The England under-21 international may have failed to impact the final score-line. Nonetheless, he proved his dynamism, excelling throughout a selfless performance.
Linked with a January move to both Southampton and Newcastle, the 22-year-old finds himself in high demand. Having scored four goals in 10 appearances this term, following 21 in 40 matches in Burnley's promotion push last campaign, it's clear to see why.
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While he managed just two shots at goal throughout his 90 minute cameo, one of which found the target, it was his creative awareness that saw him stand out. The 22-year-old fashioned three key passes in total; a joint-highest total for the evening - level with teammate Kieran Trippier.
His link-up play in attack was exceptional and led to the Clarets' goal. He played the final pass to midfielder George Boyd, who's vicious effort gave the home side the lead in the 34th minute.
Ings proved a menace with his direct running style, especially when he had possession at his feet. He found success in one of two attempted dribbles, while drawing three fouls. This doesn't mean to say he didn't make an impact in the air, he did - winning three of five headed duels.
His passing accuracy will be a slight disappointment, however. Having completed just 69% of his attempts to pick out a teammate, it was by no means the most efficient display from the youngster. Nonetheless, he weighed in defensively in order to retain possession, making one tackle, one interception and one clearance.
Despite failing to add to his season goal tally, Ings impressed with this robust display. With his contract expiring at the end of the season, his potential suitors will be watching him ever so closely over the coming months. Newcastle will already have a good idea of what he's all about.