Dyche admits it was 'probably' hotshot's farewell

Sunday 17 May 2015
Burnley and England U21s striker Danny Ings
Burnley manager Sean Dyche admits striker Danny Ings is unlikely to be at the club next season.

The England Under-21s forward is out of contract in the summer, and with the Clarets already relegated to the Championship, the 22-year-old is set for pastures new.

Ings has found the net 10 times in his maiden season in the top-flight, and although he is unlikely to spearhead a promotion campaign next term, Dyche is taking great pride in the development of his hotshot.

"I don't think I need to say too much, he has done that himself, not with his words but with his actions, certainly in the last two seasons," Dyche said following Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Stoke City.

'I think we have played a big part in how he has moved forward'

Dyche on Ings

"When I got here he was a developing player, still learning, still improving but there was still a lot of work done be done with him.

“He has accepted it, ran with it and moved forward and that's all you can ask for with players.

"It's good to see his development. It looks like it is not going to continue with us, but I think we have played a big part in how he has moved forward."

The match against the Potters was likely to be Ings’ last in a Burnley shirt at Turf Moor.

"You can never give 100 per cent guarantees, but it's probable that was a farewell from Danny though,” added Dyche.

“The sounds coming out of him and his agent make it probably that we will be going elsewhere.

"There is a kind of message going out that they will be looking for pastures now. That's sometimes happens in football and every player has the right to run their contract down if they want to, so we will see what happens in the summer."

Ings will be hoping to be named in Gareth Southgate’s squad this week for next month’s European U21 Championship.

By Gary Stonehouse Staff Writer