COMMENT by Russell Edge
Newcastle United must hold off from making a move for Liverpool’s Danny Ings in the January transfer market.
However it is a deal that would only end in tears on Tyneside, whether he was brought in on loan or on a permanent deal.
Ings earned his move to Anfield with a series of impressive performances with Burnley, but since then his career has stagnated thanks to injury.
A knee injury just months after signing for Liverpool curtailed nearly the entirety of his first season on Merseyside, and a year later, lightning struck twice.
Another knee injury, this time suffered in training, saw the one-time-capped England striker go under the knife to sort his injury out, making his return to the senior side this season against Leicester in the League Cup.
Two major knee injuries will not have just affected his physical ability on the football pitch, it will have been a huge blow to his confidence, and that is not something Newcastle need when looking to secure Premier League survival.
Ings has managed a mere 12 matches since signing for Liverpool, and there is no guarantee he will ever return to his previous good form.
Newcastle have already suffered their fair share of devastating injury blows throughout the years, and it would be just their luck to sign up Ings before he suffered another layoff.
Plus, with Mike Ashley still in charge of the purse strings on Tyneside, Benitez would be lucky to bring in one striker in January.
The Spanish manager already has three, albeit unproven, strikers at his disposal in the form of Dwight Gayle, Joselu and Aleksandar Mitrovic, so convincing the Sports Direct supremo to splash the cash would be a tough task.
With Ings posing such a risky move, whatever money is made available must be invested in a proven striker with form on his side, and the Liverpool striker just does not fit the bill.
In other Newcastle United transfer news, the Magpies are said to still be in the hunt for this reported former target.