Southampton striker Danny Ings would be better off at Arsenal than reported suitors Tottenham Hotspur, former England international Gabby Agbonlahor has told talkSPORT (20 January, 9am).
There’s an obvious reason why Spurs have found it so difficult to sign a new number nine in recent years.
After all, if you’re a talented centre-forward looking to play week in, week out, why on earth would you join a club that already has perhaps the finest striker in European football – a certain Harry Kane?
But with Carlos Vinicius set to leave in the summer, Jose Mourinho’s side has little choice but to start looking for a new striker – even if signing one may be easier said than done.
talkSPORT claims Tottenham have taken a keen interest as Southampton struggle to tie Ings down to a long-term contract.
The former Liverpool and Burnley striker is apparently at odds with the Saints over the inclusion of a release clause in any new deal.
But, according to Agbonlahor, Ings should be wary of giving up talismanic status at St Mary’s for what may be a back-up role at Tottenham.
“Southampton is a club where he feels at home. He’s playing football and getting into England squads. Does he want to move now and be second choice to Harry Kane? That could cost him a place in the Euros,” says the former Aston Villa captain.
“I would stay where I am and try to come to an agreement (over a new contract) with Southampton.”
However, Agbonlahor suggests Ings would be better suited at an Arsenal side that has found goals hard to come by for large spells of a testing campaign.
The £20 million Southampton ace has scored 32 times since the start of 2019/20 – 11 more than the Gunners’ current number nine, the talented but inconsistent Alexandre Lacazette.
“(Ings would) suit Arsenal at the moment,” Agbonlahor said. “Lacazette has got into some decent form but put Ings in that team and he would definitely score goals.
“But Southampton fans will argue they could finish above Arsenal this season.”