22-year-old forward Ings has been a success in the Premier League this season, with his five goals in 17 games proving that he has been able to step up from the Championship.
A vital part of Sean Dyche’s Burnley side who won promotion from the second division last season, Ings has been linked with moves to both Tottenham and Liverpool. A January deal has been mooted, although it is more likely that the England Under-21 international will remain with the Clarets until the end of the campaign, leaving Turf Moor should Burnley fail to avoid relegation.
Spurs are willing to part with £7 million to secure the forward this month, and it could be the emergence of the Burnley man’s England Under-21 teammate that convinces Ings that White Hart Lane is the perfect destination for his development.
Harry Kane has enjoyed a fairytale season, scoring 15 goals in 21 games across all competitions for the Lilywhites, and showing the kind of form that truly deserves a full England international call-up. After starting the season out of the first-team set-up, the 21-year-old took his chance in the Europa League to impress head coach Mauricio Pochettino, who duly placed him in the starting XI for the Premier League - and was rewarded in style.
A run of four straight games were rewarded with goals - including in the League Cup quarter final victory over Newcastle United - before he put in a man of the match performance in the 5-3 win over London rivals Chelsea. It was a performance that hinted at the potential that Kane is showing, and it proved that his place in the first-team was deserved.
And for someone like Ings, it represents the knowledge that a chance will be given at White Hart Lane to anyone, as long as they are performing well. Should he transfer to the Lilywhites, Ings would be assured that he would have the game time to impress, and would be hoping to follow in Kane’s footsteps under the watchful eye of Pochettino - who seems to have worked wonders with the current Spurs man.
There is also the chance that it could boost the chances of the pair securing their full international debuts, with an impressive partnership likely securing an international future as England’s first choice striking duo for the next decade or so.
Tottenham represents a much better destination for Ings than Liverpool at this moment in time, and the emergence of Kane appears to have played a key role in this conclusion. He has proven that Ings can be a success if he moves to White Hart Lane, and this knowledge will bring a lot of hope to the Spurs faithful for a return to the glory days of the past.