Liverpool’s new signing ‘can be what he wants to be’

LA Galaxy‘s Steven Gerrard is excited about Liverpool‘s signing of striker Danny Ings, according to Sky Sports.

The Liverpool legend is urging fans to be patient with Ings, who will join when his Burnley contract expires on July 1.

“The Ings one I’m really excited about, because he can be what he wants to be. I know the talent’s there, he’s very young, he’s fresh.

“For me, the supporters just need to be patient with him and I’m sure he’ll get eased in gently.”

Gerrard, who will make his LA Galaxy debut in July, feels Liverpool can give Ings what he needs to become a top striker.

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“I think if he carries on learning and developing he can become a top striker and we love top strikers, so the stage is there. I wish him the best of luck and I’m looking forward to watching him play.

“He might be the type of player that needs that bigger club and does thrive on the pressure. He’s certainly got the platform there at one of the best clubs in the world to showcase his talents.

The 22-year-old Englishman netted 11 times last season for Burnley, but it was enough to see his side avoid relegation. His performances attracted interest from a number of clubs and Gerrard hopes he can do what he does best early on in his Liverpool career, score goals.

“Hopefully he can get some goals early on which will give him the confidence that’ll make him feel like he belongs there.”

It is no surprise that Gerrard will continue to make comment on Liverpool despite his departure for Major League Soccer and his comments will be a boost for Ings and the fans to help him settle in easily.

Will Danny Ings be a hit for Liverpool?

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TRANSFER ROUNDUP: Chelsea beat United to ‘new Pogba’, City to loan NYCFC star

Daily transfer roundup (Monday, June 8)

MLS Rumours

NYCFC target Andrea Pirlo is also being tracked by A-League side Sydney FC as the Australian club are hoping an $8 million deal for two season will be enough to convince the Italian to move Down Under. (REPORT)

Manchester City could use their relationship with MLS Expansion Franchise New York City FC to loan Spanish striker David Villa in the winter once the US soccer season is over. (REPORT)

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Uruguayan attacker Diego Forlan has decided not to renew his contract with Japanese side Cerezo Osaka and could move to MLS as a final challenge after being linked numerous times in the past. (REPORT)

Premier League Rumours

Chelsea look to have beaten Manchester United to the signing of 16-year-old midfielder Joseph Colley, who has been likened to French sensation Paul Pogba. (REPORT)

Tottenham will look to offload Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor this summer to fund an £18 million move for AS Monaco striker Anthony Martial. (REPORT)

Arsenal will look to make a surprise £11 million move for Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic this summer. (REPORT)

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Done Deals

Danny Ings will join Liverpool when his contract with Burnley expires at the end of the month, subject to a medical. (REPORT)

2014/15 Premier League Season Review: Burnley

Premier League Final Position: 19th

Review

Burnley suffered with an array of problems that ultimately lead to an unsuccessful Premier League season. First of all, they struggled to put the ball in the back of the net, scoring fewer goals (28) than any other side. They also recorded the fewest wins (7) out of any team. The squad that Sean Dyche had at his disposal simply wasn’t prepared for life at the top level and Burnley’s lack of financial resources played a big role in determining the quality of players they could bring in. You cannot fault the work-rate, desire and commitment of the Clarets but they didn’t have the technical ability or clinical finishing required in front of goal in a cut-throat division. The squad is essentially a Championship level of quality and that’s why they came up just short in the end.

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Best Moment

Winning 1-0 at home to Manchester City. It was a great moment for everyone involved with the club as the reigning champions were stunned at Turf Moor by a fantastic George Boyd strike. That goal helped Burnley to their first win for eight games and gave them a glimmer of hope that they could potentially avoid the drop.

Worst Moment

The 1-0 defeat at home to Leicester. The Clarets welcomed fellow relegation strugglers Leicester to Turf Moor for a crucial game. Matt Taylor had the chance to give Burnley the lead from the penalty spot but he struck the post with his effort. Then 59 seconds later, Jamie Vardy bundled in a winner for the Foxes which crushed Burnley’s realistic hopes of survival.

Player of the Year

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Danny Ings – The Englishman scored 11 goals and made four assists from his 35 appearances and was easily Burnley’s stand-out player for the season.

Biggest Win

Burnley 1-0 Hull City (Nov 8, 2014)

Stoke City 1-2 Burnley (Nov 22, 2014)

Burnley 1-0 Southampton (Dec 13, 2014)

Burnley 2-1 Queens Park Rangers (Jan 10, 2015)

Burnley 1-0 Manchester City (Mar 14, 2015)

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Hull City 0-1 Burnley (May 9, 2015)

Aston Villa 0-1 Burnley (May 24, 2015)

Biggest Defeat

West Bromwich Albion 4-0 Burnley (Sep 28, 2014)

What to improve for the 2015/16 season…

Achieving an instant return to the Premier League is going to be tough for Burnley. It’s going to be a summer of transition for the Clarets and holding to their key assets won’t be easy. Danny Ings has already drawn attention from Liverpool and Tottenham, while his contract expires in June anyway, so it looks like he’s certain to leave. Sean Dyche could also be on the shortlist for clubs looking for a new manager, so they will do well to keep hold of him. The areas for improvement next season are obvious – score more goals and bring in suitable replacement for those heading out of the club.

Transfer roundup: Wenger ‘likes’ Juve star, United forward to MLS, Timbers keen on Drogba

Daily transfer roundup (Wednesday, May 27)

MLS RUMOURS

Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez, 26, is set to leave the club this summer after returning from his loan spell with Real Madrid. His agent confirmed they have a whole host of tempting offers on the table, one of which includes a Major League Soccer club in the USA, likely to be Orlando City. (REPORT)

Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter has confirmed that his MLS club are interested in Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, 37, and Juventus midfield maestro Andrea Pirlo, 36. Both have been linked with moves to MLS this week and the Timbers boss has done little to quell the rumours. (REPORT)

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New York City FC are looking to bolster their defence with the addition of U.S. International defender Oguchi Onyewu, 33, on a free transfer. He’s just left Championship side Charlton Athletic after making just three league appearances, and is now looking for his fifth club in three years. (REPORT)

PREMIER LEAGUE RUMOURS

Tottenham are reportedly lining up a £12m offer for Burnley striker Danny Ings, 22. Ings is out of contract in June but Spurs are keen to seal the deal and beat their rivals to his signature. Liverpool have also been linked with a move for the Englishman in the past. (REPORT)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that he likes Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal, 28, after the Chilean was linked with a move to the Gunners this week. (REPORT)

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Stoke City defender Robert Huth, 30, is looking to join Leicester City on a permanent basis in a deal worth £3m. The German defender joined on-loan in January and has made 14 appearances. (REPORT)

DONE DEALS

Newly promoted Bournemouth have confirmed the signing of Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici, 30, on a free transfer. The Cherries signed him on a three-year deal after his contract expired at the end of the season. He joins fellow ‘keeper Artur Boruc, 35, to the club who signed a permanent deal following his loan move. (REPORT)

Stoke City have signed goalkeeper Jakob Haugaard, 23, from Danish club FC Midtjylland for an undisclosed fee. (REPORT)

Graham Dorrans, 28, has signed a two-year deal with Norwich City. He joined the Canaries on-loan in February 2015 and has now made the deal permanent. (REPORT)

United in ‘advanced talks’ to beat Liverpool and Chelsea to young striker

Manchester United are looking likely to win the race for Burnley striker Danny Ings when his contract expires at the end of the season, according to talkSPORT, and the Red Devils will look to beat Chelsea and Liverpool to his signature.

The 22-year-old English striker has impressed in the Premier League with Burnley this season, netting nine times with four assists, and is set to be rewarded with a big summer move.

Liverpool have been strongly linked with a move for Ings as Brendan Rodgers is looking to reshuffle his forward line this summer, while Chelsea and Spurs are also reportedly keen on signing him on a free at the end of the season.

But it is Louis Van Gaal and Manchester United who look to be the most attractive option for the England Under-21 star, and the club are reportedly in advanced talks for his services.

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United would likely have to pay Burnley around £5 million in compensation as Ings in under the age of 24 but that will not be a stumbling block.

The arrival of the Burnley star will spell the end for Colombian striker Radamel Falcao, who has struggled to impress in his only Premier League season, and he is set to return to AS Monaco at the end of his loan spell.

Robin Van Persie has also been linked with a move away, while Javier Hernandez is unlikely to return to Old Trafford, so strikers will be a priority for Van Gaal.

Would Danny Ings be a good signing for Manchester United?

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Burnley vs Tottenham

Competition: Premier League – Burnley vs. Tottenham Hotspur

Venue: Turf Moor – Sunday, April 5th – 13:30 BST (08:30 ET)

Match Odds: Burnley 11/5 – Draw 13/5 – Spurs 23/20

Match Preview

Burney welcome Tottenham to Turf Moor on Easter Sunday in a key Premier League clash for teams at opposite ends of the table.

The Clarets are still in the relegation zone but are just one point behind Sunderland in 17th and will be able to temporarily lift themselves out of the bottom three with a win before their rivals kick off against Newcastle on Sunday afternoon.

Sean Dyche’s men have only won one of their last eight in the league, but that came in their most recent home game against Manchester City so the players will know they have what it takes to beat Spurs if they can put in the right performance.

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They scored their only goal in four in that win and need to try and improve in the final third to have any chance of picking up three points.

Spurs head to Burnley knowing that a win will keep their hopes of a top four finish alive for at least another week. Tottenham are six points behind fourth-placed Manchester United going into the weekend and need to keep on adding points to stand any chance of bringing Champions League football back to White Hart Lane.

Mauricio Pochettino watched his side edge past Leicester 4-3 in their last game two weeks ago and they have only lost one of their last five in the league.

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Spurs have not lost to a side in the bottom seven away from home all season and will hope to keep that record intact with another victory in this one.

This will be the fourth meeting between the sides this season after the pair met in the FA Cup third round in a tie that went to a replay. Spurs won the reverse league fixture 2-1 back in December.

Team News

Burnley will be without Dean Marney and Kevin Long (both knee), while Matthew Taylor is still a week away or so away from recovering from his calf injury. Danny Ings and Sam Vokes are likely to line up in attack and will need to score the goals to guide Burnley to safety.

Spurs travel to Burnley without star man Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm will need to fill in as goalkeeper for the trip. Danny Rose (hip) and Eric Dier (eye) are both expected to make the game despite pulling out of international fixtures. Roberto Soldado will face a late fitness test but Harry Kane will be the man to lead the line once again.

Key Points

Burnley’s last five: D/L/L/W/L

Tottenham’s last five: D/W/W/L/W

Key Stat: There have been 22 goals between the sides in the last five games in all competitions so this should be entertaining.

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Key Player: Harry Kane – The Spurs talisman enjoyed a fine international debut with England and is at the top of his game right now, full of confidence. He will be key once again.

Score Prediction

Burnley 1-2 Tottenham – Spurs have made a habit of winning by the odd goal away from home this season and Sunday’s game should be no different. Burnley will battle hard but Tottenham’s quality will shine through.

Did Charlie Austin and Danny Ings deserve an England call-up?

The England national team are set to take on Lithuania in a Euro 2016 qualifying match at Wembley on Friday night in a game where manager Roy Hodgson will be expecting his side to cruise to victory.

The Three Lions will then travel to Turin to take on Italy on Tuesday, March 31, where Hodgson could rotate a few players and trial any new ideas.

The England boss always faces a tough decision when it comes to team selection and he has undoubtedly left a few players disappointed at not being selected despite their valiant efforts this season.

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In terms of attacking options, here are the four strikers Hodgson has selected: Harry Kane, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck.

The most notable attacking players to miss out are Charlie Austin, Danny Ings and Saido Berahino as all of them have had excellent season’s.

Danny Ings has been selected for under-21 action, as was Saido Berahino but the West Brom forward has since been removed after he suffered a foot injury at Manchester City on Saturday, so he will be unable to play anyway.

But how do the selected strikers compare statistically to those left out?

England strikers

English strikers in the 2014/15 Premier League season (stats via Squawka)

There is no doubting that Harry Kane is worth his selection as both his performances and statistics this season are second-to-none having scored more goals and contributed more goals-per-game than any other player.

Wayne Rooney is the country’s captain and therefore automatically fills a spot – that’s not to say that he isn’t worth his place as the Manchester United man has still contributed an impressive amount considering he’s been deployed in midfield for large periods of this season.

The man who will be most disappointed is QPR‘s Charlie Austin. The 25-year-old has contributed more goals than any other player besides Harry Kane, and has also got the best shooting accuracy out of anyone.

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With 15 goals in the Premier League this season at a club that looks set to be relegated, it’s an impressive achievement and he may have been expecting a phone call from Hodgson, but it wasn’t to be this time.

It’s worth pointing out that Austin has seen a dip in form in the last three months with just three goals in 11 appearances, which could be a crucial factor that’s affected his chances and something Hodgson will have noticed.

Danny Ings has performed similarly at Burnley and may feel slightly unfortunate not to get the nod having contributed more goals-per-game than both Sturridge and Welbeck.

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Saido Berahino is the weakest candidate statistically out of the three most notable absentees from the squad, but as previously mentioned, he would’ve been unavailable through injury in any case.

It appears that Hodgson has gone with the tried and trusted experienced players combined with new addition Harry Kane who he couldn’t leave out based on the Tottenham striker’s form this season.

Austin and Ings will continue to chomp at the bit and if they can fire either of their sides to safety then maybe they’ll get a chance next time round.

Kane and Giroud most productive Premier League strikers in 2015 so far

Another entertaining weekend of Premier League fixtures saw yet more twists and turns in the race for the title, European qualification and the battle to avoid relegation with strikers playing a key part once again.

Every club knows how important it is to have a talisman consistently leading the line to an excellent standard in order to reach the targets each club sets, whether it be winning the league or purely league survival.

The 2014/15 season has seen new stars emerge and make a name for themselves such as Englishmen Harry Kane and Charlie Austin, to name just two that have been an excellent revelation.

So how has each Premier League striker fared in 2015 since the turn of the year three-and-a-half months ago?

Premier League goal contribution in 2015 (showing only strikers who have contributed a minimum of five goals this year)

Premier League goals contribution in 2015 (showing only strikers who’ve contributed a minimum of five goals this year)

Tottenham striker Harry Kane has been the stand-out performer with an incredible 11 goals in ten games to go with his two assists.

The list of original superlatives left to describe the 21-year-old is running very thin indeed and he will surely be in with a big shout for Premier League Player of the Season.

Kane has played a part in nine of Tottenham’s last 14 Premier League goals and who knows where Spurs would be without him?

Arsenal‘s Olivier Giroud has contributed the next most goals out of any striker in 2015 having netted six and assisted three.

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The big Frenchman is often subjected to criticism, particularly when he was hauled off after 60 minutes in the first-leg of Arsenal’s Champions League last-16 game against Monaco when he had what can only be described as a nightmare performance.

Take that game out of the equation though and Giroud has been excellent for the Gunners since returning from injury in November and has scored six goals in his last eight Premier League appearances.

Diego Costa notched another goal on Sunday in Chelsea‘s 1-1 draw with Southampton taking his 2015 tally to five. The Spaniard is the top goalscorer in the Premier League this season with 18 goals.

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Love him or hate him, Costa has undoubtedly been one of the star performers. The Blues are in an excellent position to ensure they win the title this season and his goals are certainly one of the reasons why.

Sergio Aguero, Danny Ings and Saido Berahino have been the next most productive strikers in 2015, while Charlie Austin has managed three goals from nine appearances this year and also remains the fourth top-goalscorer overall in the league with 15. The race for the Golden Boot looks set to go to the wire.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Burnley vs Manchester City

Competition: Premier League – Burnley vs Manchester City 

Venue: Turf Moor – Saturday, March 14 – 17:30 GMT (13:30 ET)

Match Odds: Burnley 6/1 – Draw 15/4 – Manchester City 2/5

Match Preview

Burnley entertain champions Manchester City at Turf Moor in this weekend’s evening fixture on Saturday night as the Clarets’ battle against relegation continues with another real tough game.

Sean Dyche’s men are currently sitting 19th in the table on 22 points, and are going to need to pick up points fast if they are to survive the drop.

Manchester City are chasing Premier League leaders Chelsea. They are five points behind and have played a game more. They will more than likely need to win every game in the run in if they are to stand any chance of retaining their title.

The reverse fixture saw late drama as Ashley Barnes stole a share of the points at the Etihad in a thrilling 2-2 draw back in December.

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Burnley have proved this season they have what it takes to upset the big teams and will need to adopt that mentality once again as Manchester City will be expecting to come away with all three points.

There are no easy games in the Premier League and Burnley need to make their home advantage pay off as they will look to frustrate Manuel Pellegrini’s side.

Burnley come into the tie on a seven-game winless streak and they face no tougher challenge than this in an attempt to put that run to bed.

Man City have three wins in their last five but have missed their chance to close the gap on Chelsea and will be aware they cannot afford anymore slip-ups.

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Burnley are at a difficult point of the season and things will only get harder in the run in if they are to continue their winless run, but just 12 points separate the bottom eight so nothing is settled yet.

Manchester City do not only need points to continue their title chase but also need them to fend off the sides below them in the table, as they are just four points ahead of third placed Arsenal.

With so much at stake here we could be in for a really entertaining tie between the Clarets and the Citizens.

Team News

Burnley are set to be without three faces, Dean Marney and Kevin Long (both knee) and Matt Taylor (calf). Danny Ings is a doubt but should be fit to play and the pressure is on him to score the goals to help Burnley avoid the drop. He will want to continue to impress as he has done so far this season.

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Manchester City are one of only two Premier League sides to have a fully fit squad at this stage of the season. Pellegrini has talent in abundance to switch his side around. We could see James Milner rewarded with a start, having come off the bench to score against Leicester City late on in their last fixture.

Key Points

Burnley’s last five in the Premier League: D/L/D/L/L

Manchester City’s last five in the Premier League: D/W/W/L/W

Key Stat: Goals – The two sides have scored 17 goals in their last three meetings and with Sergio Aguero in fine form we could see yet another goal-fest at Turf Moor.

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Key Player: Sergio Aguero – City have certainly missed the Argentine when he has been absent this season and they have his goals to thank for still being within a chance of still winning the title. He will look to make the difference one again on Saturday.

Score Prediction

Burnley 1-3 Manchester City – Pellegrini will not want a repeat of the draw earlier in the season and his players will be looking to kill this game early. Burnley have scored goals against big sides this campaign but they are in for a difficult evening in front of their own fans and City’s quality will shine through.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Burnley vs West Bromwich Albion

Premier League: Burnley vs West Brom

Venue: Turf Moor – Sunday, February 8 – 12:00pm

Match Odds: Burnley 7/5 – Draw 21/10 – West Brom 2/1

The start of a three-part Sunday special this weekend sees Burnley play host to Tony Pulis’ West Brom side at Turf Moor with both sides in dire need of a win.

Burnley come into the game off the back of two losses and will be looking to pick up a win against the Baggies, who lay only two spots and two points above them in the Premier League.

This game comes with added importance when you consider that West Brom won the reverse fixture 4-0 back in September and also the fact that the Clarets lost 2-0 at fellow relegation candidates Sunderland last weekend.

Burnley’s home record in the Premier League: Played 12 – Won 3 – Drawn 4 – Lost 5

Tony Pulis will be hoping his West Brom side can bounce back from their 3-0 home loss to Tottenham last weekend.

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West Brom had gone two league games without conceding a goal until the visit of Spurs and will be looking to regain the solidarity in defence they were beginning to show.

West Brom’s away record in the Premier League: Played 11 – Won 2 – Drawn 4 – Lost 5

This game should be settled at the other end of the pitch though, with both sides possessing young English strikers who are both knocking on Roy Hodgson’s national team door.

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Danny Ings and Saido Berahino will be looking to impress Roy Hodgson once again, and more importantly add three points to their teams tally as both sides are hoping to remain outside of the bottom three.

Burnley’s last five in the Premier League: D/D/W/L/L

West Brom’s last five in the Premier League: L/D/W/D/L

Key Stat: West Brom are without an away win in the Premier League since November 1st – a key reason behind why they are underachieving this season.

Key Player: Danny Ings – Ings was the target for many top-flight clubs this January window, and his stock can only rise further with more stellar displays. Be surprised if he’s not on the scoresheet in this one.

Score Prediction: Burnley 2 – 2 West Bromwich Albion – Points to be shared as neither side will want to lose this one.