The season is barely over but Spurs are proving to be busy in the transfer window.
Kevin Wimmer has confirmed that he’s joining the club, Keiran Trippier is tipped to join him and this morning it was reported that Tottenham have bid £12m for Danny Ings.
There have already developments in the Ings deal. The Independent have claimed that the player has his heart set on Liverpool, while the Daily Mail have subsequently announced that Burnley have accepted Spurs’ bid.
The fact that Tottenham have seen fit to make a bid for Ings rather than attempt to sign the player once his contract ends and pay a tribunal fee, suggests that they realise that they are not his first choice.
If the bid has been accepted they will get the chance to talk to Ings, before his contract expires and other English clubs are free to negotiate with him. Hopefully they can use this window of opportunity to explain why Spurs are a better choice than Liverpool.
The speculation regarding the England U-21 star’s future has been going on all season and you can see why he might have set his heart on a move to Anfield. At the beginning of the campaign, Liverpool were in the Champions League and had come within a whisker of winning the Premier League, with Brendan Rodgers being hailed as a tactical genius.
How quickly things change. Liverpool have just finished sixth – a place below Tottenham – and there are major doubts regarding Rodgers’ future. You can see how Ings would fit into Rodgers’ tactical system that once paired Luis Suarez with Daniel Sturridge, but what if he’s sacked?
Even in Rodgers survives the summer, he will be under major pressure from the start of next season, especially if one of both of Jurgen Klopp and Carlo Ancelotti are still without a job.
In contrast, there is for once some stability to be found at White Hart Lane. Mauricio Pochettino has had a successful debut season and is now trying to build a squad more in suiting to his style. Ings’ work ethic make him ideally suited to Pochettino’s Spurs.
The fly in the ointment could be the presence of Harry Kane. How do you dislodge a home-grown hero who’s just enjoyed a magnificent season?
That’s where the persuasion really needs to come in. Tottenham need to sell their vision of how Ings will fit into the team.
There will be opportunities for him. Kane can’t play another season where he leads the line in every game and in addition there will be opportunities for the two to play together. Pochettino has played Kane in a deeper role on a number of occasions and Ings could easily fit in on the flanks, cutting in as Nacer Chadli and Jay Rodriguez have managed so successfully during Pochettino’s time in England.
There is no reason for Ings to think that Spurs finishing above Liverpool is an anomaly. In actuality it was Liverpool’s Suarez-inspired title challenge that broke the norm, with Tottenham having now bested Liverpool in five of the last six seasons.
It’s time for Danny Ings to make a big decision and if he makes it logically, he’ll see that Spurs are a safer bet for his career prospects than Liverpool.