Liverpool's Danny Ings fits Rafa Benitez's Newcastle United better than Aleksandar Mitrovic

Rafael Benitez, the Newcastle United manager looks on during the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and Newcastle United at John Smith's Stadium on August 20, 2017 in...

Newcastle tried to sign Danny Ings in the summer from Liverpool and are understood to be interested again - while Brighton scout Mitrovic.

Aleksandar Mitrovic of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and West Ham United at St. James Park on August 26, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Perhaps Aleksandar Mitrovic’s less than stellar disciplinary record is not the primary reason why he has struggled to make an impression at Newcastle United since Rafael Benitez took over.

After all, Peter Crouch was hardly the first name on the team-sheet during the Spaniard’s spell in charge of Liverpool. The beanpole striker enjoyed his most prolific season with The Reds in 2006/07 but still started just 30 games in all competitions.

During his seven years at Anfield, Benitez preferred quick, incisive centre-forwards like Craig Bellamy or Fernando Torres – a trait that appears to have continued at Newcastle with Dwight Gayle chosen ahead of Mitrovic through the entirety of last season.

Rafael Benitez, the Newcastle United manager looks on during the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and Newcastle United at John Smith's Stadium on August 20, 2017 in...

Therefore, reports that Newcastle are still tracking Danny Ings after having a loan bid rejected by Liverpool in the summer, per The Shields Gazette, should come as little surprise.

The one-time England international, after all, is the sort of striker that Benitez traditionally likes. He’s fleet-footed, hard-working and blessed with wily movement inside the penalty area rather than an old-school targetman in the shape of Mitrovic.

Furthermore, although signing Ings would be a major risk considering that he has not played a league game since 2015/16 due to another serious knee injury, the 25-year-old is still proven in the Premier League on the back of that impressive 11-goal debut campaign with Burnley in 2014/15.

Danny Ings of Burnley gives the thunbs up after the Barclays Premier League match between Burnley and Stoke City at Turf Moor on May 16, 2015 in Burnley, England.

And he appears a far better fit for a Benitez side on paper than Newcastle’s out-of-favour Serbian frontman.

According to The Mirror, Brighton sent scouts to watch Mitrovic over the international break. And you get the feeling Benitez would happily let him leave if he could sign Ings in his place.

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