Daniel William John Ings is an English professional footballer. He plays as a forward for Premier League club Southampton and the England national team. Ings started his career in the youth team of Southampton but was released as a schoolboy.
After his release, he subsequently joined AFC Bournmouth, progressing through their youth system, while also spending time at Dorchester Town on loan. In 2011, Ings joined Burnley with whom he won the 2013-14 Championship Player of the Year, and helped them achieve promotion to the Premier League. Following Burnley’s relegation, and the expiry of his contract with the club, Ings moved to Liverpool in the summer of 2015, but his first season at Anfield was ended after two months due to injury. His second season with Liverpool was also mired by injury, with Ings only making two League Cup appearances throughout the 2016–17 season. Ings joined Southampton on loan in August 2018, with his move made permanent on 1 July 2019 after Southampton decided to take the option to buy him based on a clause in the loan deal.
Ings was born on 23rd July 1992 in Winchester, Hampshire and grew up in Netley, Hampshire. As a child he attended Netley Abbey Primary School, Hamble Community Sports College and Brockenhurst College.
Ings dreamed of playing for local club Southampton, but was rejected for being too small. He signed for Southampton from Netley Central Sports, before being released as a school boy. After his release, Ings played for Itchen Tyro.
Ings signed a two-year apprentice contract with AFC Bournemouth in May 2008, having progressed through the club’s Centre of Excellence while he was still at secondary school at Hamble Community Sports College. He had also previously had experience playing for the reserve team. Danny made his professional debut for Bournemouth on 6 October 2009, in a 2–1 away defeat to Northampton Town in the Football League Trophy, replacing Jason Tindall.
On 15 August 2011, Ings signed for championship club Burnley for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of £1 million, on a four-year contract. He re-joined former Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe who had made the same move eight months earlier.
He made his debut on 14 February 2012, in a 2–0 win over Barnsley at Turf Moor, where he came on as a late substitute for Charlie Austin. His first start came a month later on 10 March 2012, in a 1–1 home draw with Crystal Palace in the league. His first goal for Burnley came on 31 March, in a 5–1 win against Portsmouth at Fratton Park.
His efforts sealed Burnley’s to promotion to the English Premier League (EPL) in 2014. On 19 August 2014, Ings made his Premier League debut in a 3–1 loss to Chelsea at Turf Moor. His first Premier League goal came in a 1–3 defeat to Everton on 26 October.
On 8 June 2015, Liverpool announced that they had agreed on personal terms with Ings, subject to a medical, as well as a developmental fee due to Burnley for players under 24, to be negotiated between two clubs or determined by a tribunal. On 28 April 2016, the saga was finally settled.
Ings made his competitive debut on 29 August 2015 in a 3–0 defeat against West Ham at Anfield. He made his European debut for the club on 17 September in the UEFA Europa League group stage match against Bordeaux, as a substitute for Divock Origi in a 1–1 draw. Three days later, he replaced Benteke at half time and within three minutes scored his first Liverpool goal in a 1–1 draw against Norwich City.
After struggling for playing time in the 2017–18 season due to the form of attackers Roberto Firminho, Mohammed Salah and Sadio Mane, Ings requested a move away from Liverpool in the summer of 2018. Ings was a popular figure in the dressing room and Jurgen Klopp was reluctant to let him leave in spite of his limited appearances in the previous season.
Ings joined Premier League club Southampton on 9 August 2018 on an initial loan until the end of the season, which would become permanent on 1 July 2019, for a reported fee of £18 million, plus a possible further £2 million based on appearances. On 12 August, he made his debut as a second-half substitute in a goalless draw with former club Burnley.
He then scored on his first start five days later in a 2–1 defeat to Everton before netting the opening goal in Southampton’s 2–0 win over Crystal Palace at the start of the following month, helping the club to their first win of the campaign.
National team Career.
On 3 October 2013, Ings received his first international call-up to the England Under-21 team by manager Gareth Southgate. He made his debut a week later as a substitute in a 4–0 win away to San Marino. He won his second cap in the reverse fixture on 19 November, and scored twice as England won 9–0 against San Marino at the New Meadow. Ings earned 13 caps and scored four goals for the under-21s from 2013 to 2015.
On 1 October 2015, Ings received his first international call-up to the full England national team from manager Roy Hodgson. He made his debut in the latter match on 12 October, replacing Harry Kane after 59 minutes of an eventual 3–0 win in Vilnius.
Ings’ second appearance came nearly five years later on 5 September 2020, when he was a 68th-minute substitute in a 1–0 away victory over Iceland in the UEFA Nations League. He scored his first international goal on 8 October, with an overhead kick in a 3–0 friendly win against Wales at Wembley Stadium.
Ings is rumoured to be on his way to Manchester city to replace the out of favour striker Sergio Aguero.