23 May 2015

Transfer Update: 75% of Liverpool fans want unbelievable' £20m attacker instead of Ings

Liverpool are currently linked with summer moves for both Danny Ings and Charlie Austin, and right now, Ings is reportedly Brendan Rodgers' preferred choice. Do fans agree with the manager on this particular transfer issue, though?

On Friday, the Daily Mail claimed that the deal for Ings is almost done:

"Liverpool are confident that they have won the race to sign Danny Ings.

"The Reds believe they have now done enough to secure his signature".


Liverpool were last linked with Austin in November, but given the choice, which of the two strikers is the more enticing option.

Last week, I conducted a poll on the site, asking fans to choose between Ings and Austin. The results are emphatic:

* A whopping 75% of fans preferred Austin over ings.

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In my view, it's a no-brainer. The case for Austin, recently described by Harry Redknapp as an 'unbelievable' striker:

* More prolific in the Prem: 17 goals/7 assists (24) in 35 apps, compared to Ings' 10 goals/4 (14) assists in 36 apps.

* Older and more experienced.

* 47 goals/assists in 72 apps for QPR overall.

* Goal/assist every 1.5 apps (vs. Ings' 1 every 2.3 apps)

* No significant injuries in the last four years.

Some fans will point Austin's failed medical in July 2013 as a giant red flag, but it hasn't made a blind bit of difference to his effectiveness, and 24 goals/assists in his debut Premier League season is ample proof of that.

Additionally, Austin's appearance record over the last few years seems to prove that he doesn't have any persistent injury problems:

* 188 appearances in the the last five seasons (an average of 38 games per season)

* Made 37 appearances during the 2013-14 season (after his failed medical).

The only issue with Austin may be the price tag. Ings is available for knockdown fee of £5m, QPR Director of Football Les Ferdinand insists that Liverpool will have to shell out big bucks to sign Austin:

"We would love to keep Charlie Austin at QPR...but someone scoring 17 goals in this division, you’re looking at £15-20million at least.”

With that in mind, and taking everything into consideration, Ings probably shades it due to being significantly cheaper.

That said, after being relegated, QPR's bargaining position is significantly weakened, which probably means they'll have to let Austin go for a much cheaper fee, especially if he's intent on leaving.

If Liverpool can get Austin for £10m, then I'd take him over Ings in a heartbeat. Any more than that, though, and Ings then becomes a more viable option.

Author: Jaimie K



42 comments:

  1. If we dump Borini Lambert Balotelli we could take both - B R has had worse ideas for sure.But where do we get another SUAREZ ?? i suspect South America

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  2. i know the position we are in etc etc but i at least hope we are trying to get better than these 2

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  3. Don't think there is any interest in Austin, Looks like ing's and possibly mandzukic

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  4. Reports today saying arsenal have agreed to sign Jackson Martinez from Portugal ... Man aresenal is putting together a good team and while our rivals strengthen what are we doing ?

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  5. Signing Austin would be beyond stupid. We may as well re sign Carroll, their the same type of player, a targetman. We need a striker with pace, who is willing to press. I'm not ings biggest fan but he actually suits our system unlike Austin.

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  6. I tend to agree, but if you look at some of the contenders. Sturridge stays but needs a runner alongside to be able to play more than 10 games. Origi is coming in but he is a kid so hard pushed to run the line, but with Sturridge could work.


    Benteke, is known, scores 1in2 which is excellent and gives us a Drogda style bull upfront which we've never had.
    Lacazette looks great but would we really get him, or even be prepared to pay the £35m plus that it'll take.
    Vietto, looks really good but is young so may be too big a move bearing in mind we need him to hit the ground running.
    Mandzukic for me is too slow and doesn't work hard enough.
    There were rumours of a Brazillian in the Russian league but I can't remember his name, also a young Uruguayan being called the next Suarez but that would be a very brave move.


    Personally would push really hard for Lacazette then get either Ings, Austin or Benteke in, or even Remy (if he'll forgive us for messing him about last year).

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  7. They're both crap we shouldent even have this discussion. Neither of them are going to take us to the next level as you say Jamie. I'll be so disappointed if we sign either of them it jus highlights the lack of ambition at this club

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  8. Saw this on another site so do not shoot the messeneger

    Interesting statistic: out of all football managers in the world, Rodgers is nr 9 on the list of top spenders since 2004. When you consider he's only been in the top flight since 2011 that stat is nothing short of shocking.

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  9. Firstly, No. Austin is not like Carroll, he is much more mobile and is a poacher more than a target man. And we don't absolutely need a striker with pace, we created loads of chances this season but almost all have been wasted. With a player like Austin to finish off the chances he can easily break the 20-goal barrier at Liverpool especially if he can get 17 goals with a lack of decent service at QPR.

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  10. We should not be signing anymore players from clubs that finish behind us in the EPL. Simple.

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  11. We can say they are crap all we like, but the fact is that both scores more than our top scorer. Especially Austin who has more goals than our top two scorers combined (17 vs 15). Austin might be an underwhelming signing but tbh we can't be too picky this summer; if a player, proven in the EPL, can be gotten for cheap and is banging in the goals then there is literally no downside to this deal.

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  12. Decent logic that. But it means we won't be signing anyone then ahaha

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  13. I would take either of them, but only as a 2nd choice striker.

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  14. I would rather give academy players a chance compared to paying over the odds for players who will put us into more transition.

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  15. Yeah but no academy players are ready to play in probably the position we need a world class player the most which is up front. Fact is we need to spend big on a striker in terms of fees and wages

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  16. Ings for Borini. Milner for Lucas. Why not?

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  17. What if we are unable to sign world class players? Even Southampton had a better summer window than us last time round and they spent less.


    All will depend on changes made when the season is done and dusted.

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  18. Milner is not a DM? No thanks.

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  19. Singing Ings of course. Shake in boots...

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  20. True but I belive with the right amount of money it is possible. Look at United last year they weren't even in Europa and still signed world class players.

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  21. We spent almost £120m last summer, a club record. How much more should have been spent this season?

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  22. Seems as though BR preffers Allen playing DM

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  23. That's crazy. Make a list for yourself of players signed from clubs below them in English football by league-winning sides of the last 20 years. I tell you now it'll take a while. It's a long list.

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  24. Yeah we spent 120 million yet are net spend was about 30-40 million which I think is pathetic. We qualified for champions league and we are a big club our net spend should be so much higher. Plus we brought no one in in January again !! As per usual we thought we would rely on d studge and not bring in a striker when we were desperate.

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  25. Referring to us again?

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  26. Actually Gerrard has been preferred at DM by Rodgers.

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  27. You make me crack up, you really.


    First you complain that we are interested in signing milner and then say we should only sign players from teams above us in the PL.

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  28. Why would a player sign for a club who have won nothing of note for 10 years over a club who have qualified for the CL for 18 years straight?>

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  29. You also have to take into account the money he's brought in. Every transfer BR has made is a trade between players and cash. Money out means "quality" in. However, money in means "quality" out too. Now, our ins aren't exactly living up to the price tag, but when analyzing his transfers we also have to consider that he lost a ton of talent too. His fault, yes, but he still had to work around it.

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  30. Mandzukic? Never gonna happen.

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  31. They cant be that bad considering they have scored move goals then our 18mil striker and both play for clubs that have been relegated.

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  32. Where did I say we should sign players from teams above us in the EPL? Not sure what you are on about.

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  33. Oh ok, so he should have spent every penny that was recouped too on top of the over £200m he has already spent?


    How many more players would have been added to the wage bill if he had spent the money recouped too? Net spend argument again? It is flawed.

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  34. Your saying that we should not be buying from below teams below us.


    Yet when we are linked with a player from a team above us, you still complain.


    Yes we all know you hate BR, we really do get it.


    We also get that nothing BR will ever do will make you happy.


    If BR goes and wins a history Quadruple I am positive you we still find something to complain about.

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  35. We hardly buy players from teams above us in the EPL so still do not know what you are on about.


    The fact that we have spent way over the odds, million after million on players over the years from teams below us who have flopped should give you every reason why not to continue to do it any longer.

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  36. Wot no charity shield? #BROUT

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  37. Seems like BR has turn Liverpool into recycle bin with lots of link to mediocre and unwanted players, hate to admit Neville was right Rodger is downgrading the club status with recycle players.

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  38. In the last ten years Liverpool have win the league cup the FA cup and a little co known as the champions league.
    Do you even watch football.

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  39. That's not my point at all...


    In clarification, we had a net spend on the low side, so theoretically, we should've improved, if marginally. I think we can agree that that didn't happen. Suarez's quality was worth every cent of that 65M (perhaps even more), but the "quality" we brought in was nowhere close to what we spent. He lost talent and failed to replace it.


    With all that said, if we were to judge PURELY on his results with the personnel available, he didn't do that bad of a job. But again, it's completely his fault that he had terrible personnel, barring Sturridge's injury.

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  40. Got them ins outs for this window come on Loges criticics must have better answers.

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