‘I’m not sure where he ends up’ – Transfer expert claims Aston Villa star could be heading for exit

Aston Villa striker Danny Ings could leave the club this summer, according to transfer expert Dean Jones.

Ings only joined the Villans last summer in a surprise move from Southampton for a fee of around £25m.

The 29-year-old arrived at the Midlands club with high expectations. However, he has failed to replicate his excellent form from his time with the Saints, having scored just five goals in 25 appearances in all competitions this season. He also has five assists to his name.

In his first season at Southampton, Danny Ings scored 7 goals. The following season he scored 22 🎯 Hopefully we can see a great second season of Ings next season 👏 #avfc

Due to the Englishman’s lack of goals, manager Steven Gerrard backed Ollie Watkins to be his first-choice striker. As a result, Ings has been left out of the starting XI whenever Aston Villa don’t play with two up front.

Ings returned to the Villans’ starting lineup in Saturday’s home clash against Tottenham Hotspur. However, he missed a series of big chances and the hosts crashed out to a 4-0 loss.

The defeat was Aston Villa’s fourth in a row, and they currently sit 12th in the Premier League table.

Transfer expert Jones has said he could see Ings leave Villa Park this summer, telling GiveMeSport:

“I think it’s possible or even likely that Villa will leave Ings and be open to offers, but I’m not sure where it ends up.”

Football Insider have reported that Brighton, who sit above Villans in the league, are keen to bring Ings back to the south coast.

Graham Potter’s side have scored just 28 league goals this season, the fourth lowest in the division.

So far this season Ollie Watkins has 8 goals and Danny Ings has 5. I’m pretty confident that if Cameron Archer was in the squad this season as a starting striker he would have at least matched those numbers 🎯 #avfc

Steven Gerrard is looking to rebuild the Aston Villa squad this summer

Steven Gerrard has made no secret of the fact that he would like to bring several new players to Aston Villa to suit his style of play.

The Villans are no strangers to splashing the cash in the transfer market since returning to the Premier League three seasons ago.

However, the former Rangers boss was scathing in his criticism of his team following the Spurs thrashing. According to Football Express, he said in his post-match press conference:

“We are definitely a work in progress. We have tons of work to do, you can see in the second half that defensively we have tons of work to do and there is definitely a gap between the teams above us at the moment.

“Recruitment is so important going forward, that’s what we’re going to do, but there’s a lot of work on the training ground that needs to be done for sure.”

The England and Liverpool legend has also made it clear that he would like to bring Philippe Coutinho to the club on a permanent basis.

A defensive midfielder is also a priority for him this summer, with Brighton’s Yves Bissouma and Leeds United’s Kalvin Phillips both closely linked.

The possibility of a swap deal with Brighton involving Danny Ings and Yves Bissouma has not been ruled out. [@Neil_Moxley] #avfc

Edited by Rachel Syiemlieh

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