Le Tisser: Ings’ goals for Burnley could prove me wrong

Matt Le Tissier

Matt Le Tissier

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

MATT Le Tissier believes Danny Ings is the secret to Burnley beating the odds and staying in the Premier League.

The former Southampton striker turned Sky Sports pundit has put the Clarets among his ‘favourites’ for the drop next season.

“Sorry about that,” he said when asked about his bottom three. “Obviously I hope I’m proved wrong.”

He admits there is every chance he could be.

“If it’s any consolation in the last two seasons I’ve only got one right,” he said. “So Burnley have a 66 per cent chance of staying up.

“But a lot of it is to do with budgets and quality of player you can attract to your football club with the wages you pay.”

But while Le Tissier has concerns about the limits on the Clarets’ coffers in comparison to their new Premier League peers, he feels retaining Danny Ings could prove more valuable than any other transfer business.

“Keeping hold of Danny Ings will help,” said the former England international.

“He was on fire last season, scored a lot of goals and looked like a boy playing with a lot of confidence. If he can get off to a decent start perhaps his goals might give Burnley a fighting chance.”

Le Tissier acknowledged it can be difficult to replicate prolific Championship form in the top flight, but knows it can be done.

“People have proved it is possible and have done very well for themselves. Grant Holt had a pretty good first season when he came up with Norwich.

“There are cases, but it is tough.

“Any striker in the Premier League who can get 15 goals has done well,” said the 45-year-old, who scored 102 top-flight goals during a career that was played entirely at Southampton.

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He believes Burnley can take encouragement from their last spell in the Premier League, when he backed them to stay up after beating Manchester United in their first home game.

“I think I was the only person who tipped Burnley to beat Manchester United that night, and after they did I thought they would stay up,” said Le Tissier.

He does not expect history to repeat itself against Chelsea on Monday night.

“I think that might be a step too far,” he added.

“It depends though. The thing about the United game was that I thought they took a few liberties with their team selection.

“If Chelsea do that as well you never know. Stranger things have happened in football.”

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3:40pm Tue 12 Aug 14

TurfMoor Tom says...

Quite right. As much as myself and the other Rovers fans on here hoped he would be sold, you have managed to keep hold of a gem of a player in Ings and I see him making the step up and scoring the goals that keep you in the Premier League.

If only we had that sort of all-round ability in our front line instead of one dimensional strikers with no creativity. God help us if Rhodes gets injured, he's single handedly kept us out of the third division for two seasons running, we have been very very lucky so far.
Quite right. As much as myself and the other Rovers fans on here hoped he would be sold, you have managed to keep hold of a gem of a player in Ings and I see him making the step up and scoring the goals that keep you in the Premier League. If only we had that sort of all-round ability in our front line instead of one dimensional strikers with no creativity. God help us if Rhodes gets injured, he's single handedly kept us out of the third division for two seasons running, we have been very very lucky so far. TurfMoor Tom
  • Score: 13

4:44pm Tue 12 Aug 14

burnleyglentoran says...

Love it when people predict our downfall!!!

Through out time Burnley have proved 'em wrong.

Blackbuuurrrn is a town full of 'football experts' always ending up with egg on their communal blue and white faces.

BURNLEY FC - THE CLUB WITH THE SMALLEST POPULATION, EVER TO BE CHAMPIONS OF ENGLAND
Love it when people predict our downfall!!! Through out time Burnley have proved 'em wrong. Blackbuuurrrn is a town full of 'football experts' always ending up with egg on their communal blue and white faces. BURNLEY FC - THE CLUB WITH THE SMALLEST POPULATION, EVER TO BE CHAMPIONS OF ENGLAND burnleyglentoran
  • Score: 13

5:15pm Tue 12 Aug 14

tall in the saddle says...

I just wonder how many times Matt Le Tissier saw Burnley last season? About once happen at Southampton where Burnley gave a very good account of themselves in days before Southampton sold their team. In fact they, Southampton, are on my list of top relegation candidates.
I just wonder how many times Matt Le Tissier saw Burnley last season? About once happen at Southampton where Burnley gave a very good account of themselves in days before Southampton sold their team. In fact they, Southampton, are on my list of top relegation candidates. tall in the saddle
  • Score: 6

5:47pm Tue 12 Aug 14

AnotherPounding4Burnley says...

I agree with le tiss, if we can keep ings we might get lucky, its a good job he signed a new deal, er, hang on a minute
Only trouble is he seems to have dried up at the minute, hope he's not a one season wonder
I agree with le tiss, if we can keep ings we might get lucky, its a good job he signed a new deal, er, hang on a minute Only trouble is he seems to have dried up at the minute, hope he's not a one season wonder AnotherPounding4Burnley
  • Score: -10

5:48pm Tue 12 Aug 14

KYMER says...

the transfer window is not shut.if danny starts well big clubs will come a calling.
the transfer window is not shut.if danny starts well big clubs will come a calling. KYMER
  • Score: -6

8:33pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Claretcert says...

tall in the saddle wrote:
I just wonder how many times Matt Le Tissier saw Burnley last season? About once happen at Southampton where Burnley gave a very good account of themselves in days before Southampton sold their team. In fact they, Southampton, are on my list of top relegation candidates.
At a guess hardly at all. But he's paid to ponder and without any evidence really to hand he joins the lazy list. Interesting that the internet is wall to wall with ex footballers, journalists, bloggers and yes the jobless of Blackburn predicting our relegation. Not one will go back to, or refer to previous predictions - wrong, but never mind don't let a career made on waffle get in the way. I also think the saints will struggle, one of Villa or West Brom perhaps. The teams that came up are again judged by the Arry factor, the crappest team is given the best chance because er... the older player are even older but Arry who could barely persuade them to get changed this year will turn them into world beaters. We thrive on it. Dyche won't need to motivate his team at all
[quote][p][bold]tall in the saddle[/bold] wrote: I just wonder how many times Matt Le Tissier saw Burnley last season? About once happen at Southampton where Burnley gave a very good account of themselves in days before Southampton sold their team. In fact they, Southampton, are on my list of top relegation candidates.[/p][/quote]At a guess hardly at all. But he's paid to ponder and without any evidence really to hand he joins the lazy list. Interesting that the internet is wall to wall with ex footballers, journalists, bloggers and yes the jobless of Blackburn predicting our relegation. Not one will go back to, or refer to previous predictions - wrong, but never mind don't let a career made on waffle get in the way. I also think the saints will struggle, one of Villa or West Brom perhaps. The teams that came up are again judged by the Arry factor, the crappest team is given the best chance because er... the older player are even older but Arry who could barely persuade them to get changed this year will turn them into world beaters. We thrive on it. Dyche won't need to motivate his team at all Claretcert
  • Score: 6

9:36pm Tue 12 Aug 14

RobH2O . says...

Ings has gone on full public record several times that he's not leaving now or in January.
Ings has gone on full public record several times that he's not leaving now or in January. RobH2O .
  • Score: 1

11:07pm Tue 12 Aug 14

mjp 53 says...

AnotherPounding4Burn
ley
wrote:
I agree with le tiss, if we can keep ings we might get lucky, its a good job he signed a new deal, er, hang on a minute
Only trouble is he seems to have dried up at the minute, hope he's not a one season wonder
What a bit like Scunthorpe being a one game wonder ?
[quote][p][bold]AnotherPounding4Burn ley[/bold] wrote: I agree with le tiss, if we can keep ings we might get lucky, its a good job he signed a new deal, er, hang on a minute Only trouble is he seems to have dried up at the minute, hope he's not a one season wonder[/p][/quote]What a bit like Scunthorpe being a one game wonder ? mjp 53
  • Score: 3

5:50am Wed 13 Aug 14

RobH2O . says...

AnotherPounding4Burn
ley
wrote:
I agree with le tiss, if we can keep ings we might get lucky, its a good job he signed a new deal, er, hang on a minute
Only trouble is he seems to have dried up at the minute, hope he's not a one season wonder
But you were saying Monday "blah blah ..because he is a one season wonder". You were taken up on that and given a padgering and you lost very badly. So, make put your many minds.
[quote][p][bold]AnotherPounding4Burn ley[/bold] wrote: I agree with le tiss, if we can keep ings we might get lucky, its a good job he signed a new deal, er, hang on a minute Only trouble is he seems to have dried up at the minute, hope he's not a one season wonder[/p][/quote]But you were saying Monday "blah blah ..because he is a one season wonder". You were taken up on that and given a padgering and you lost very badly. So, make put your many minds. RobH2O .
  • Score: 3

12:51pm Wed 13 Aug 14

noddy57 says...

What complete and utter tosh and that is all this comment from an ex pro deserves.
What complete and utter tosh and that is all this comment from an ex pro deserves. noddy57
  • Score: 0

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