Southampton’s Danny Ings and Tottenham’s Harry Kane both scored the Easter weekend and have been doing so fluently for consecutive seasons. Will the pair be moving on from their respective clubs during the summer?
In the case of the Saint Ings
In the case of Ings, his form since leaving Liverpool in 2019 has been astounding.
After not getting significant playing opportunities for the Reds, his loan which turned into a permanent transfer move to Southampton has seen him become one of the pivotal players for the St. Mary’s club.
Although the Saints saw their early surprise charge for the title dissolve with only being left to end the season in a mid-table position has staggered them, Danny Ings has remained a consistent performer.
Harry Kane has reached 30 goals for club & country for the 6th time in the last 7 seasons
20-21 30 pic.twitter.com/vTQoXL4zre
— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) April 4, 2021
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Kane’s Spurs frustration
Kane’s importance to the Tottenham squad cannot be overstated. It’s a testament to his quality that he still remains to be the league’s top scorer, despite the club only just being in European contention.
The crisis that Spurs would suffer if Kane ever left the club has been felt this season in his sometimes frequent injury spells.
Since the rumours and the news of Sergio Aguero’s departure from Manchester City at the end of this season, rumours of both Kane and Ings have opened up on being the replacement for Aguero.
Who would a transfer to Manchester City suit more, Ings or Kane?
If Ings were to move to City, he would probably serve the role of the backup striker that Aguero has done largely this season. But with a heavily rotated team like City, Ings could get a substantial amount of playing time.
Whilst if Kane were to move, he would probably contest the top striker role with Gabriel Jesus. Despite this, rumours have always surrounded Kane’s future.
Even when Tottenham are performing at their best or their worst, it seems that Harry Kane has spent the good portion of his career linked with somewhere away from Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Whether that be to Barcelona or an upgrade to another top Premier League club.
The questions around Ings’ career have always remained the same too. Danny Ings has consistently played at a Premier League level, but his potential of winning trophies and playing for England has sometimes been obscured. Could he perform as he does at Southampton, but at a larger club?
🗣”You put him in a better team he is going to score a lot of goals.”
Graeme Souness talks about the future of Danny Ings at Southampton and the difference he makes for the Saints pic.twitter.com/LljIjSEE1G
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) April 4, 2021
What is for certain is the great hole that would be left in their respective sides if either of the two players left. The managerial angst that is already felt towards Ralph Hasenhüttl and José Mourinho would quickly spiral into a greater mistrust with the direction the clubs are going.
As the future remains open for two of the Premier Leagues and England’s top strikers, the upcoming summer transfer window will prove important to the direction the two players want to take their individual careers.
With top clubs desperate for consistent strikers, their performances over the weekend will only feed into this desperation.