Danny Ings Makes ‘Underwhelming’ Aston Villa Claim

 Danny Ings Makes ‘Underwhelming’ Aston Villa Claim

Danny Ings has admitted that his debut season at Aston Villa has been “underwhelming” due to injury and a lack of playing time.

Last summer, the former Southampton striker joined the club in a £25 million deal as one of three players picked by Villa to replace Jack Grealish’s attacking influence. Leon Bailey and Emi Buendia also arrived, but for various reasons, they have all failed to adjust.

Ings, who scored his sixth goal of the season in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Norwich City, has struggled with injury niggles and a lack of match fitness as a result this season. He is, nevertheless, willing to assist the squad in any way he can, even if that means playing a minor role on most weekends.

After Villa win against Norwich, Ings said: “Coming on and helping the team means a lot to me. Overall this season for me has been a little underwhelming. I am happy to come on today and help.

“This season has been very up and down, in and out. There have been things with niggles I have had. It is hard to get a rhythm. But I always try and work as hard as I can to put numbers on the board and help the team.

“I think we have a lot of talent in all the positions up top. No matter who the manager picks we all have a responsibility to create and help each other out, provide goals and assists. For me it is about working hard each game, whether I am starting or coming on.”

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When asked about Villa’s inconsistent season, Ings replied: “It has been a strange season. It is always difficult. We have changed managers and a lot of things have happened. But ultimately we are trying to improve individually and as a team. Hopefully we can finish the season strong.”

Much has been made of Villa’s challenges to integrate Ings and Ollie Watkins into the same team, but Steven Gerrard feels it can be done, and he has shown the pair can get along on the pitch. They scored their first goal together in a 4-0 win against Southampton back in March, and they did it again last time out in a win over the Canaries.

“When strikers come together, things do take time,” Ings added. “We have had some really nice moments linking up. We have plenty to work on and keep building on but ultimately, the direction we want to go as a team, it is not just down to us to score the goals. You want goals for your 10s, you want your centre-halves scoring. I think overall everyone has to chip in with goals.

“If we apply ourselves I think we have more than enough ability in the dressing room to achieve really good things. It doesn’t happen overnight. In football it is always a process. All of us are working hard to try and achieve something.

“It is important to put as many points on the board as we can to try and finish in as strong a position as we can. That will be a good platform for next season. I think it is always our drive. You want to finish as high as you can.”