First Team Squad

Player profile and performance records.

Danny Ings (Striker)

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Danny Ings

Winchester, England
Squad Number: 18
Position: Striker
Born: 23rd Jul 1992 (Winchester, England)
Signed: 20th Jan 2023 (£12,000,000)
Contract: 2½ years
Previous Club: Aston Villa

KUMB Awards: None.

The much-travelled former England international cost West Ham £12million plus potential adds-ons equating to £3million and became David Moyes' second signing of the January 2023 winter transfer window, following the arrival of Brazilian defender Luizao.

Ings has previously represented, amongst others, Premier League clubs Burnley, Liverpool, Southampton and Aston Villa, from whom he joined West Ham.

Born in Winchester, he dreamed of playing for local club Southampton but was rejected for being too small and released by the south coast club when still a school boy. After his release, Ings played for Itchen Tyro FC.

Undeterred, the young Ings refused to accept Southampton's rejection and eventually signed a two-year apprentice contract with AFC Bournemouth in May 2008 having progressed through the club's Centre of Excellence.

Following a spell on loan with Conference South club Dorchester Town, where he netted his first senior goal, Ings made his league debut for League One Bournemouth on 28 December 2010 in a 2-0 away defeat to Milton Keynes Dons.

In August 2011, and having impressed with the Cherries, Ings signed for Championship club Burnley for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of £1 million, on a four-year contract.

In June 2015, Liverpool announced that they had agreed personal terms with Ings whose fee was set by tribunal; the Reds ordered to pay £6.5 million up front with an extra £1.5 million in player performance-related bonuses.

Burnley later gained an additional £3.6m due to a clause which saw them get 20% of the £18m Liverpool received from selling Ings to Southampton in July 2019.

Ings signed a three-year contract with Premier League club Aston Villa on 4 August 2021 for an undisclosed fee, reported to be £25 million; a contract only half fulfilled as he opted to accept West Ham's offer.

 

vs Fulham

0-2: Saturday, 13th April
(Played 90 minutes)

All the usual comments. No speed, not talented on the ball, not defensively good enough for modern football. Moyes says he's a 10, which seems to be a nice way of saying he can no longer play as a 9. He's no 10, either.

vs Bayer Leverkusen

0-2: Thursday, 11th April

(Replaced Kudus, 86) Introduced to see out time.

vs Newcastle United

3-4: Saturday, 30th March

(Replaced Coufal, 90) Too little, too late.

vs Newcastle United

3-4: Saturday, 30th March

(Replaced Coufal, 90) n/c

vs Newcastle United

3-4: Saturday, 30th March

(Replaced Coufal, 90) n/c

vs SC Freiburg

5-0: Thursday, 14th March

(Replaced Kudus, 86) Introduced to see out time.

vs Burnley

2-2: Sunday, 10th March
(Played 8 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Aguerd, 82) Great finish for the disallowed goal and the equaliser and was unlucky not to score a winner right at the end.

vs Burnley

2-2: Sunday, 10th March
(Played 8 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Aguerd, 82) A great cameo. Deserved a hat-trick, probably saved a goal down the other end with just plain hard work. He'd have been forgiven for not being there and doing that, it wouldn't have been noticed, but he put the work in.

vs SC Freiburg

0-1: Thursday, 7th March

(Replaced Zouma, 90+3) Thrown on with moments remaining and is not to blame.

vs Nottingham Forest

0-2: Saturday, 17th February

(Replaced Zouma, 90+3) The last desperrate throw of the dice from Moyes, but Ings' introduction was too little, too late.

vs Nottingham Forest

0-2: Saturday, 17th February

(Replaced Zouma, 90+3) Thrown on with moments remaining and is not to blame.

vs Bournemouth

1-1: Thursday, 1st February
(Played 23 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Phillips, 67) Added little, but worked hard and gave Bowen and Kudus something to play around.

vs Sheffield United

2-2: Sunday, 21st January
(Played 90 minutes)

A really good performance if missing chances doesn't matter. But those chances missed cost the Hammers the win, in the end.

vs Bristol City

0-1: Tuesday, 16th January
(Played 90 minutes)

Quite possible West Ham's most involved and determined player, although even a snake would've had difficult doing the limbo so low was the bar set.

vs Bristol City

0-1: Tuesday, 16th January
(Played 90 minutes)

Once again there was little to no service to the striker, but still did alright when he got the ball apart from a scuffed shot in the box.

vs Bristol City

1-1: Sunday, 7th January

(Replaced Alvarez, 75) Actually had some nice little moments and turned a few quite cleverly, but all in space where it didn't make a big difference. He's in the team to finish and he fluffed his big chance.

vs Liverpool

1-5: Wednesday, 20th December

(Replaced Alvarez, 81) What is the point of bringing him on? He hasn?EUR(TM)t scored in 22 games.

vs Freiburg

2-0: Thursday, 14th December
(Played 18 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Paqueta, 72) Quiet, but did well in dropping in to keep possession ticking over.

vs Everton

0-1: Saturday, 28th October
(Played 5 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Cresswell 85) Again made no impact on the game apart from a poor cross in the dying embers of the game.

vs Everton

0-1: Saturday, 28th October
(Played 5 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Cresswell 85) No impact, no point.

vs Olympiacos

1-2: Thursday, 26th October
(Played 90 minutes)

Failed to make the three chances he was given count and didn't really provide an option for any of the creative players.

vs Olympiacos

1-2: Thursday, 26th October
(Played 90 minutes)

This is what happens when you buy players because you know them and they have scored goals. He's not an adequate fit for this team and he never will be under Moyes and very unlikely under anyone else. His main skill is finishing gilt-edge chances, and he can't do that.

vs Aston Villa

1-4: Saturday, 21st October
(Played 4 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Paqueta 86) Don?EUR(TM)t remember him touching the ball for the ten minutes of the game that he was on.

vs Aston Villa

1-4: Saturday, 21st October
(Played 4 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Paqueta 86) A collection of his performances this season would be a mass of nothing. He's no competition to a striker who isn't good enough, and that says it all.

vs FK TSC Backa Topola

3-1: Thursday, 21st September
(Played 90 minutes)

A generous seven, but he looked better when Antonio came on, and his touch means he can exchange quick passes with players like Paqueta and Benrahma much better than Antonio can.

vs Luton Town

2-1: Friday, 1st September
(Played 10 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Antonio 80) Ran, did the work, no impact.

vs Brighton & Hove Albion

3-1: Saturday, 26th August

(Replaced Paqueta 85) One big header off the line saved a goal.

vs Bournemouth

1-1: Saturday, 12th August
(Played 12 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Antonio, 78) Provided little, maybe a cameo for young Mubama might've been a more productive option.

vs Boreham Wood

4-1: Monday, 10th July
(Played 45 minutes)

No match comments.

vs Leicester City

1-2: Sunday, 28th May
(Played 28 minutes, sub)

(Replaced (Antonio 62) He is improving his all round play to fit more with some of the players around him, most likely from time training together and building understanding rather than improvement as a player, and he looks good when involved with Bowen and Paqueta. Has to score chances like the one he missed if he is to play, as the team loses so much without an Antonio-type.

vs Leeds United

3-1: Sunday, 21st May
(Played 90 minutes)

He does have the ability to play nice passing football and be a point that ties things together or someone to pass to when moving forward. But he doesn't get involved quite enough to make him a starter. The pass to Bowen was classic play around the box, and something you wouldn't expect from Antonio, but the all-action play is always going to be more important to this team than a few good touches.

vs AZ Alkmaar

1-0: Thursday, 18th May
(Played 5 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Antonio 85) Mostly for the pre-goal celebration.

vs Brentford

0-2: Sunday, 14th May
(Played 90 minutes)

Had little moments where he threatened, he's improved his linking play and looks better with shorter passing around him.

vs AZ Alkmaar

2-1: Thursday, 11th May
(Played 11 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Antonio 79) For a cameo performance, it was very bright and shows promise that Ings will not be only remembered for two goals against Forest. There could be something to him in this team if he keeps up what he did last night.

vs Manchester City

0-3: Wednesday, 3rd May
(Played 23 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Antonio 67') It doesn?EUR(TM)t work, and neither does he.

vs Liverpool

1-2: Wednesday, 26th April
(Played 20 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Antonio 70') Just doesn?EUR(TM)t really do any of the things this side needs a striker to do.

vs Bournemouth

4-0: Sunday, 23rd April
(Played 25 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Antonio 65) Got about but doesn't have an impact as a lone striker.

vs Gent

4-1: Thursday, 20th April
(Played 20 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Antonio 70) As above.

vs Fulham

1-0: Saturday, 8th April
(Played 90 minutes)

He did look injured, but he didn?EUR(TM)t look any better or worse a player for it. Just runs around aimlessly and then missed his big chance.

vs Newcastle United

1-5: Wednesday, 5th April
(Played 27 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Antonio 63) So badly unsuited to Moyes football that it's hard to understand why the manager wanted him so badly.

vs Southampton

1-0: Sunday, 2nd April
(Played 90 minutes)

He just cannot get involved in the game enough on his own in a system like this. He worked hard, but there's no pace or physicality.

vs AEK Larnaca

4-0: Thursday, 16th March
(Played 36 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Bowen 54) With Mubama doing all his running, Ings dropped in and tried to link with midfield. The intensity had all gone, especially once the youngster scored.

vs Aston Villa

1-1: Sunday, 12th March
(Played 90 minutes)

Would have wanted to make an impact against his former team, but didn't. Mings defended him with comfort, with his beating in a foot race, in the air and smart enough to read his game. Were Cornet fitter or Scamacca in any sort of form, he'd have been hooked earlier, and probably should have been anyway.

vs Brighton & Hove Albion

0-4: Saturday, 4th March
(Played 90 minutes)

Ambled around like a man who'd just committed to a couch to 5k starting in March. This was worse than 70 minutes of his performance against Forest, which was poor until he scored. He was absolutely no threat in this game, and whilst he had no service, he did nothing to give his teammates anything to play off, nor did he seem able to defend from the front. A waste of a place.

vs Nottingham Forest

4-0: Saturday, 25th February
(Played 90 minutes)

Like Benrahma, it was generally a poor performance before the 70th minute. Then he gets the ball on the left, spreads it to Bowen far right and follows his run into the box. The finish was very good, considering how the ball was behind him. Both were goalscorers goals, knowing the space, knowing where to be, knowing when and where to make those runs. The payoff is why you play these players, even if he can't quite play the one man frontline that Moyes has had in Antonio and Arnautovic.

vs Tottenham Hotspur

0-2: Sunday, 19th February
(Played 19 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Antonio 71) Looked a bit lost coming into a side that he's not yet familiar with, and he's not the ideal lone striker anyway.

vs Chelsea

1-1: Saturday, 11th February
(Played 24 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Antonio 66) Won a good freekick in a dangerous area and worked hard, but isn't the physical presence of Mic.

vs Newcastle United

1-1: Saturday, 4th February

(Replaced Antonio 81) Didn't really get involved.

vs Everton

2-0: Saturday, 21st January
(Played 19 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Antonio 71) Not a lot to get excited about, but nice touches and good work in deeper areas are a reminder of his ability as a footballer, not just a goalscorer.
Danny Ings did not play for West Ham during this season.

Danny Ings did not play for West Ham during this season.

Danny Ings did not play for West Ham during this season.

Danny Ings did not play for West Ham during this season.

Danny Ings did not play for West Ham during this season.

Danny Ings did not play for West Ham during this season.

Danny Ings did not play for West Ham during this season.

Danny Ings did not play for West Ham during this season.

Danny Ings did not play for West Ham during this season.

Danny Ings did not play for West Ham during this season.

Danny Ings did not play for West Ham during this season.

Danny Ings did not play for West Ham during this season.

Danny Ings did not play for West Ham during this season.

Danny Ings did not play for West Ham during this season.

Danny Ings did not play for West Ham during this season.

Danny Ings did not play for West Ham during this season.

Danny Ings did not play for West Ham during this season.

Danny Ings did not play for West Ham during this season.

Danny Ings did not play for West Ham during this season.

Danny Ings did not play for West Ham during this season.

Danny Ings did not play for West Ham during this season.

Danny Ings did not play for West Ham during this season.