Garth Crooks insists striker linked with Spurs needs to improve in key area

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Dom Le Roy

Former Tottenham Hotspur forward Garth Crooks has claimed that Danny Ings has to improve his finishing if he is to prove that he is ready for a move to a big club.

Ings has been on fire for Southampton this season, having already found the back of the net sixteen times for the Saints in all competitions (transfermarkt).

With Tottenham confirming that Harry Kane is expected to be out of action for the next few months, the club are said to be keen to bring in a striker with Moussa Dembele of Lyon ( and AC Milan misfit Krzysztof Piatek (The Sun) being among the strikers linked with a possible move.

The Daily Star reported earlier this month that Ings was also on Tottenham’s radar. However, Crooks has insisted that he 27-year-old needs to improve his chance conversion rate if he is to make a move to a big club.

In his Team of the Week column for BBC Sport, Crooks wrote: “The Southampton striker was a constant threat to Leicester; he could have scored four goals rather than ‘only’ the winner.

“Ings was effervescent throughout but if, as some are suggesting, he has the potential to move to a bigger club, he needs to improve his chances-to-goals ratio.”

Spurs Web Opinion

Crooks’ assessment of Ings is rather harsh as the former Liverpool man has shown that he is a decent finisher. In my opinion, it is his movement that sets him apart from other strikers and that is why he gets so many chances every game. While I would certainly take Ings at Spurs, the big question would be if he is willing to come to the club at the risk of not getting much game time once Kane is back from injury.

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