Ings: Hammers’ Headache or Hidden Hope?


Ings: Hammers’ Headache or Hidden Hope?

Ings: Hammers’ Headache or Hidden Hope?

Danny Ings’ arrival at West Ham was supposed to be a coup, a proven goal scorer adding firepower to a team on the rise. But instead, his time in claret and blue has been a frustrating mix of missed opportunities and underwhelming performances. So, where does the blame lie, and is there still hope for Ings to become the Hammers’ hero asks Michael Talbot?

The Struggles:

Goalscoring drought: Just 3 goals in 39 appearances is a far cry from Ings’ prolific days at Southampton. Missed chances are becoming a worrying trademark, raising questions about his form and fitness.

System mismatch: Moyes‘ system often relies on wide play and crosses, not Ings’ strengths of poaching and playing in tight spaces. Is he being utilized effectively, or does he need a tactical tweak to flourish?

Competition and confidence:  Ings usually faces stiff competition for a starting spot, but what with injuries impacting the squad it is likely that he will get game time.. He has never looked confident though and this has led to hesitant decision-making.

Reasons for Optimism:

Pedigree and experience: He’s proven his goalscoring ability in the Premier League before, and his veteran presence should not be underestimated. One spark could reignite his confidence and form.

Moyes‘ backing: The manager clearly believes in Ings and has repeatedly emphasized his importance to the squad. This trust could pay off once Ings finds his rhythm.

Transfer market alternatives: Finding a better striker in January is a tall order, especially with Ings’ high wages. Perhaps patience and tactical adjustments are a more realistic solution.

The Verdict:

Ings’ West Ham adventure has been a bumpy ride so far, but it may be too early to write him off. He possesses the talent and experience to succeed, and Moyes’ faith shouldn’t be ignored. Whether he adapts to the system, rediscovers his killer instinct, or becomes a valuable squad player remains to be seen.

I believe Ings still has the potential to be a valuable asset for West Ham. He requires a system that utilizes his strengths and a confidence boost to rediscover his scoring touch. If Moyes can find the right formula and Ings can overcome his initial struggles, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him emerge as a key player in the second half of the season.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • Pessimist says:

    If only optimism would make a Striker return to form you might have a chance. Sadly there is another possibility the Player has just gone past his best and needs to move down to the Championship. Judging by the way he has played for us, I think this is the most likely answer.

  • Good Old Daze says:

    “…I wouldn’t be surprised to see him emerge as a key player in the second half of the season.” Unfortunately, I would. I admire your optimism and I hope you’re right. Going on the last 12 months, it seems unlikely. But unless Kitson & Hartson are available, Ings may be our best hope. Bet Cornet STILL doesn’t get a game …

  • hammerpete6 says:

    Agree with Daze – Ings has not been a fit for us ever so logic says move him on. The miracle theory applies to any sale but is not a strategy. I also concur about Cornet – why?

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