Man City fall more into this category than Man Utd, but both clubs are in need of a true number nine. Right now, Sergio Aguero’s departure has left a gaping hole in Pep Guardiola’s side, and if primary target Kane can’t be acquired, then Ings is a good alternative.
At the moment, Gabriel Jesus is the only senior option, and whilst Liam Delap impressed thoroughly for the U23 side last year, with 24 goals in just 20 games, he probably isn’t ready to make a meaningful impact in the first-team.
Guardiola often deployed Kevin De Bruyne or Phil Foden as a false nine during last season, with Jesus sometimes being used out wide, so, they lack a real out-and-out centre forward and Ings could be the answer.
The Cityzens’ pursuit of Kane looks to have stalled, and if Ings holds on for a little longer, they may come calling for him as an alternative.
As for United, Edinson Cavani is clearly the number one choice, but at 34-years-old, he can’t play every game.Mason Greenwood has become increasingly utilised as a number nine in the first-team, and is seen as the long-term option so will fill in when Cavani need a rest. However, Ings could be a good option for the here and now, and having another option could be crucial as the club fight on multiple fronts next year.
Furthermore, Marcus Rashford is undergoing shoulder surgery and will miss the start of the season, so having another forward option available may prove vital.
No options right now
Another key reason why Ings should wait for the two Manchester clubs is that he doesn’t seem to have a choice. At the moment, Southampton are yet to receive a bid of any kind for the Englishman, so he doesn’t have an alternative.
However, with a club like West Ham in need of a centre forward, his head could be turned by the Hammers. But, David Moyes’ men will likely still be sniffing around come the end of August, so Ings’ best bet could be to just hang on in there because surely someone will snap up a player with 38 goals in his last 65 starts in all competitions.