With the January transfer window only five weeks away, the rumour mill is beginning to awake and the great form of two Championship hot-shots will not have gone unnoticed by those in the Premier League.
Burnley’s Danny Ings and Blackburn’s Jordan Rhodes are currently proving their worth in the Championship with 10 goals apiece.
If your team is a Premier League one, in desperate need of a goal-scorer just which one should you spend an inevitable inflated price on?
The 21-year-old has just earned his first England under-21 call up and it’s well-deserved as he has helped Burnley to the top of Championship, forming a cracking partnership with Sam Vokes. The Sunday People reported this week that Burnley have slapped a £10m price-tag on the striker to deter interest from Liverpool and Newcastle United when the transfer window opens in January. Even in today’s inflated market, £10m is a huge risk for a lad who has just four months of prolificacy in front of goal after only 13 goals in 74 games prior to this current season.
However now that the Hampshire born-lad has found his feet it is no surprise that some of the top flight are sniffing around him especially with the current demand for English born players but would Ings be better off staying with Burnley at least until the summer? Most probably, it allows him a full season to prove himself and may even lead him to the Premier League through promotion.
For Danny Ings to really earn a price tag as the mooted £10m, his goal-scoring record really should look something like Jordan Rhodes’: 118 goals in 214 games. Blackburn are reported to be asking something close to £8m as they try to balance their ambitions of an unlikely promotion push with financial worries and if truth be told, Premier League teams could do a lot worse than Rhodes.
The Scotsman is single handily keeping Rovers in the race for the play offs and last season can be credited with saving them from what would have been a disastrous relegation to League 1. Elsewhere Rhodes headed the goal-scoring charts for Huddersfield Town netting 73 goals in 124 games in his four years before moving to Ewood Park. The 23-year-old has more than proved his goal-scoring talents in such a short space of time and if Blackburn are willing to part with their main man then those batting for the top ten finish in the Premier League should test their strength to resist a big money offer.
There will be offers for both players, their goals make them attractive purchases especially for those battling relegation from the Premier League who are willing to throw money at the team in order to survive dropping from the top flight. The likes of Crystal Palace, Hull City and Fulham may all attempt to persuade either Rovers or Burnley into parting with their star strikers while those above, battling for a European spot may also be tempted, particularly in the case of Rhodes to make a move.