Suzanne Geldard: Burnley striker does not need new contract to prove he’s stay-Ing

Danny Ings

Danny Ings

First published in Football Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Burnley FC reporter

THE debate about whether Danny Ings should or shouldn’t sign a new deal is a can of worms partially prised open.

Although Sean Dyche says he isn’t worried about the comparisons to this time last year, when top scorer Charlie Austin was a wanted man going into the final year of his contract, supporters fear losing Ings in similar circumstances.

But the club’s circumstances are not the same as 12 months ago.

Last summer the board and bean counters were mindful of an £8million deficit and were searching for ways to recover it. Austin’s £4m sale to Queens Park Rangers cut it in half.

Fast forward to July 2014 and with Burnley preparing for the Premier League season not only are the finances more fulsome but the carrot of playing in what is widely regarded as the ‘best league in the world’ – and playing regularly – should offer enough incentive for Ings to stay.

Whether he starts the new season with a new contract or not is irrelevant.

It is what happens during the course of the season, and at the end of it, what counts as the Clarets bid for Premier League survival.

Some supporters are concerned that Ings can walk away for nothing next summer, no matter what. But those fears are misguided.

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For one thing the Bosman ruling means that the Clarets would be entitled to compensation at the very least, even if he went abroad – although their pay-off would be less than they could expect from a British club.

Granted it would not be the kind of figure they could command if he was still under contract, but if Ings was to stay for the duration of the 2014/15 season and contribute to keeping Burnley in the Premier League, then I’m sure most would agree that would be a priceless outcome.

In September last year I wrote that it was time to tie Ings to a new contract, given the manner in which he started campaign which ultimately yielded 26 goals.

But the club have moved on since then, and up.

Ings has said all along that he plays best when he has a smile on his face and right now he is happy in the moment, still basking in the brilliance of promotion and full of anticipation for the new season.

He is wise enough to know that moving to another Premier League club would not guarantee the number of Premier League starts that he is all but assured of at Turf Moor, and that opening fixture alone, at home to Chelsea, is enough to whet the appetite.

Plus he would not spend his own free time doing so much in the community if he was not content where he is.

The only cause for concern and uncertainty would be injury, but after two severe knee problems you would like to think the worst is behind him.

So why not keep the status quo?

If he stays fit and firing, no-one has got anything to lose.

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2:05pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Dublin Claret says...

Well said Suzanne, just let Danny get on and do what he does best, play football.
And reading about the lad of the park, what a remarkably nice person he comes across also.
Well said Suzanne, just let Danny get on and do what he does best, play football. And reading about the lad of the park, what a remarkably nice person he comes across also. Dublin Claret
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3:20pm Thu 17 Jul 14

TurfMoorTom says...

Yes, but he does to prove he's not soon to be go-Ing.
Yes, but he does to prove he's not soon to be go-Ing. TurfMoorTom
  • Score: 1

3:48pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Claretcert says...

TurfMoorTom wrote:
Yes, but he does to prove he's not soon to be go-Ing.
Moron alert. You need to drop this now silly little boy. Ings is staying, we're in the PL you're unstable and nothing over the next 9 months is going to change. Unless you get a new carer who isntead of leaving you alone in your bedsit and spending your benefits on bingo, refers you to local mental health support service, then we'll get less of your dribbling nonsense and a secure unit in Lancashire will get a new sivel headed resident to laugh at. Ings - the best stiker in the championshop by a country mile (move over Jordan 'I can't quite turn around' Rhodes) is playing for the best team in Lancashire by a country mile, get over it you idiot.
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoorTom[/bold] wrote: Yes, but he does to prove he's not soon to be go-Ing.[/p][/quote]Moron alert. You need to drop this now silly little boy. Ings is staying, we're in the PL you're unstable and nothing over the next 9 months is going to change. Unless you get a new carer who isntead of leaving you alone in your bedsit and spending your benefits on bingo, refers you to local mental health support service, then we'll get less of your dribbling nonsense and a secure unit in Lancashire will get a new sivel headed resident to laugh at. Ings - the best stiker in the championshop by a country mile (move over Jordan 'I can't quite turn around' Rhodes) is playing for the best team in Lancashire by a country mile, get over it you idiot. Claretcert
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4:32pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Super CIaret says...

TurfMoorTom wrote:
Yes, but he does to prove he's not soon to be go-Ing.
Blackburn Rovers 1 - 2 Burnley
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoorTom[/bold] wrote: Yes, but he does to prove he's not soon to be go-Ing.[/p][/quote]Blackburn Rovers 1 - 2 Burnley Super CIaret
  • Score: 0

9:37pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Old Alzheimer says...

Fret not Clarets fans.
Rumour has it that he's just got himself a nice pad in the Ribble Valley.
Fret not Clarets fans. Rumour has it that he's just got himself a nice pad in the Ribble Valley. Old Alzheimer
  • Score: 0

10:53pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Super CIaret says...

What's going on here then?

The Blackburn fans said he was going? Why is he still a Claret? Could it be that he loves the club and wants to be successful at Burnley FC? Could that be possible? Didn't the Blackburn fans say he was going though?

Come to think of it, they also said Kieran Trippier was going... and Sean Dyche.... and that they'd catch us up last season, and that they'd overtake us, and that we'd drop out of the play-off positions, and that they'd meet us in the play-off's, and that they'd beat us at Turf Moor, and that they'd beat us at Ewood Park.... have they ever got any of their predictions correct?

FFP is doing some hamstring stretches....
What's going on here then? The Blackburn fans said he was going? Why is he still a Claret? Could it be that he loves the club and wants to be successful at Burnley FC? Could that be possible? Didn't the Blackburn fans say he was going though? Come to think of it, they also said Kieran Trippier was going... and Sean Dyche.... and that they'd catch us up last season, and that they'd overtake us, and that we'd drop out of the play-off positions, and that they'd meet us in the play-off's, and that they'd beat us at Turf Moor, and that they'd beat us at Ewood Park.... have they ever got any of their predictions correct? FFP is doing some hamstring stretches.... Super CIaret
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11:19pm Thu 17 Jul 14

AnotherPounding4Burnley says...

Ings announces he will run his contract out and leave for free
Ings announces he will run his contract out and leave for free AnotherPounding4Burnley
  • Score: 1

11:25pm Thu 17 Jul 14

AnotherPounding4Burnley says...

If Ings does run his contract out it works for me because he did drag us up here and he has done his bit for this club already. I wish him well when he leaves for nothing in the summer after notching about 10-15 this season. If we had signed higher quality players, he would have committed and signed a new long term contract, but he has seen the dreggs brought through the door, so now he will leave for nothing.
If Ings does run his contract out it works for me because he did drag us up here and he has done his bit for this club already. I wish him well when he leaves for nothing in the summer after notching about 10-15 this season. If we had signed higher quality players, he would have committed and signed a new long term contract, but he has seen the dreggs brought through the door, so now he will leave for nothing. AnotherPounding4Burnley
  • Score: 1

11:44pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Super CIaret says...

Ings is at Burnley, playing in the Premier League. There is no panic given that compensation would be due for any move in a years time. Shouldn't a Burnley fan such as yourself be aware of this?

Poor old no-dads, every day the same desperate fight for something to feel good about.... how about your new kit..... LOL!
Ings is at Burnley, playing in the Premier League. There is no panic given that compensation would be due for any move in a years time. Shouldn't a Burnley fan such as yourself be aware of this? Poor old no-dads, every day the same desperate fight for something to feel good about.... how about your new kit..... LOL! Super CIaret
  • Score: -1

11:50am Fri 18 Jul 14

noddy57 says...

Why is it fans always panic when a decent player refuses to enter into renegotiating his contract ? he has over a year to make his mind Obviously he is keeping his options open because he knows if it goes tits up next season he can take the bigger offer and maybe the bigger club .
Why is it fans always panic when a decent player refuses to enter into renegotiating his contract ? he has over a year to make his mind Obviously he is keeping his options open because he knows if it goes tits up next season he can take the bigger offer and maybe the bigger club . noddy57
  • Score: 1

9:04am Tue 22 Jul 14

harwoodblue says...

Contracts are not about loyalty or pledging your future to your club anymore the only thing they do is make sure the club gets a good price for the player. Ings could sign a new contract tomorrow and still leave before the end of the window but at least the club would get a fair price for the transfer, by not signing a contract the club could be loosing out on 5mil+ if he does eventually go. Or does Ings think that another prem club wouldn't be willing to take a risk on an unproved prem striker if the transfer fee was high.
Contracts are not about loyalty or pledging your future to your club anymore the only thing they do is make sure the club gets a good price for the player. Ings could sign a new contract tomorrow and still leave before the end of the window but at least the club would get a fair price for the transfer, by not signing a contract the club could be loosing out on 5mil+ if he does eventually go. Or does Ings think that another prem club wouldn't be willing to take a risk on an unproved prem striker if the transfer fee was high. harwoodblue
  • Score: 2

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