Ings fully focused on Burnley survival bid, insists Dyche

Burnley manager Sean Dyche has insisted that striker Danny Ings will be fully committed towards helping the team avoid relegation despite ongoing speculation about his future, Sky Sports has reported.

The 22-year-old is said to be a target for a number Premier League clubs, with Liverpool heavily linked with making a bid late in the January transfer window. Meanwhile, Spanish side Real Sociedad are also eyeing a move, and with Ings’ contract set to expire in the summer, he is unlikely to be at Turf Moor next season.

Top scorer for Burnley in the Premier League this season with seven goals, the former England U-21 international played a major part in helping the Clarets reach the top-flight against the odds last season, forming a prolific strike partnership with Danny Ings as the club finished second in the Championship.

He has continued to impress this term, though the recent speculation was blamed in some quarters for his subdued display in Burnley’s last outing at Sunderland. As a result, Dyche has been forced to defend his prized asset, stating that Ings can start Sunday’s game with West Bromwich Albion.

He said: “Players can just have a quiet day, and I thought he had a quiet day (at Sunderland), so it might have been nothing other than that. But, with all the media speculation during that little window, I felt it did affect him slightly. But I also said this week he’ll have a good week’s training, which he is doing, and he’ll be ready to go.

“There are more players at this club than Danny. He’s a wonderful talent, I enjoy working with him. He’s a fantastic lad, I like him as a person and as a footballer, he’s learning, he’s improving; he’ll be ready to go hard and the rest of it will take care of itself.’

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