There are no shortage of red-hot strikers being linked to Leeds United right now.
Holstein Kiel’s Marvin Ducksch is leading the Golden Boot chase in the 2.Bundesliga while Moanes Dabour, who is also on Leeds’ radar according to the Daily Mail, has fired Red Bull Salzburg to the top of the Austrian first division.
Even James Wilson, the loan-seeking Manchester United striker who was lined with a move to Elland Road via The Sun, has netted five in five for the Premier League giants’ under-23s.
Danny Ings, in stark contrast, has played just one game all season – and has not made a league appearance since May 2016. Though the seldom seen Liverpool hitman, who ESPN claimed was on Leeds’ radar in September, surely remains the standout option for The Whites ahead of the January transfer window.
Because unlike Ducksch and Dabour, Ings has proven himself in the Championship before. It was his 21 goals that inspired Burnley to the second tier title in 2013/14, thereby securing their promotion to the Premier League.
For all Ducksch and Dabour’s form on the continent, they remain unproven in English football and there is no guarantee that they would be able to adapt as quickly as Leeds need them to.
And though Wilson has played Championship football before, he hardly set the world alight. The 21-year-old scored just five times in 25 games for Brighton and did not hit the net for Derby County last season before injury cut his spell short.
So Ings, who has returned to full fitness after two serious knee injuries, looks the best possible addition in paper.
Though with no shortage of Premier League teams fluttering their eyelashes in his direction, is a January deal realistic?