Dyche compares Ings and Austin ahead of head-to-head

Friday 09 Jan 2015
Ings has five goals this season and Austin has 12 to his name
Two of the Premier League’s in-form English players go head-to-head on Saturday when Burnley take on Queens Park Rangers.

England Under-21s and Clarets hotshot Danny Ings and Rangers striker Charlie Austin have both been amongst the goals for their respective teams this season.

And having worked with both players during his time in charge at Turf Moor, before Austin was sold to QPR in 2013, Burnley boss Sean Dyche is well placed to compare the duo.

Danny Ings celebrates with Tom Ince

Ings has been a regular in Gareth Southgate's England Under-21s squad

"They are completely different - different people, different players, but both good people and both good players," revealed Dyche.

"I have a lot of respect for both of them, I know them both.

"I really enjoy their company, let alone their professionalism and their talent. They're both talented but very different players. That is why they worked together at times."

Austin, 25, spent two years with Burnley after joining from Swindon Town in 2011 and scored 41 goals in just 82 appearances for the Lancashire outfit.

Ings was often his understudy during that time, before the pair were separated when Austin made a big money switch to Loftus Road at the start of last season.

But his departure allowed Ings to play more regularly in his favoured centre-forward role and he became one of Burnley’s key talismen during their promotion from the Championship last season with 26 goals.

QPR

Austin returns to his former club Burnley with QPR on Saturday

"Charlie, with his bigger stature, [plays] more of a number nine role - good at the basic principles of goalscoring, gets in the box a lot, arrives in the box a lot - it is not always rocket science," explained Dyche.

"Ingsy can play more open-mindedly. He can play more like a number ten, he can play off the front or he can play as a number nine when he is up against the centre-halves.

"He is a slightly more rounded player in many ways but both are effective in different ways."

Who comes out on top will be revealed on Saturday, when the teams meet at 3pm at Burnley’s Turf Moor home.

By Nicholas Veevers