Newcastle United have been handed a blessing in disguise after reportedly missing out on signing Liverpool striker Danny Ings this January.
The Chronicle have claimed that despite having held talks over a loan signing for the 25-year-old, the Reds have chosen to keep their forward at Anfield, with Jurgen Klopp delivering the promise of first team action in the second half of the season.
While this will be viewed by both the club and the fans as a major disappointment at the start of the winter window, with the one-cap England international said to be seen as Rafael Benitez’s top target, missing out will be a boost come the end of the month.
Simply put, signing Ings would have been a major, and unnecessary, risk for the Magpies.
While football fans worldwide will know of his injury woes, with two serious knee injuries keeping him out of action for nearly two years, what they will be forgetting is that the Liverpool striker has only 13 Premier League goals to his name, having made 43 appearances for both Burnley and the Reds.
He is not the proven top flight striker people make him out to be, and with just 11 minutes of Premier League action to his name this season, there is no guarantee he would be banging the goals in for Newcastle.
Benitez cannot afford to be taking any undue risks on transfers this window for two reasons; one, the club’s Premier League survival is on the line and two; Mike Ashley will not warrant another striker deal.
It is likely that the Newcastle owner will only sanction a move for another forward once Benitez offloads one of his current options, with Aleksandar Mitrovic the leading candidate, and with the club crying out for some firepower, the Spanish boss has got to make the right decision.
Missing out on Ings means he now has to look elsewhere and that will turn out to be a long term boost for the club’s aspirations.
In other Newcastle United transfer news, the club are looking to reignite a potentially record breaking swoop for an international playmaker in January.