Intriguing stat proves why it would be a mistake for Aston Villa to sell Danny Ings

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Ings finished second behind Ollie Watkins for goals scored in 21/22.

Danny Ings had a ‘direct hand’ in more goals than any other Aston Villa player throughout 2021/22.

That’s according to the widely popular football statistical website, WhoScored.com, who have broke down the numbers from Ings’ performances last year.

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It states that despite featuring in just over half of the claret & blue’s Premier League games (58%) in his first season at Villa Park, nobody in the team had more involvement in goals than him, with 13 (7 goals, 6 assists).

There were of course times he was unavailable through injury but on the time he was fit and available and not selected, numbers like this make you question why.

Had he played 100% of games, based on those figures, you’re looking at someone with 20-25 goal involvements - something Villa have been crying out for for years.

The striker has been linked with moves away from Villa Park on a number of times so far this summer though those claims have recently been rebuffed as false.

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It comes as music to the ears of many who recognise just how lethal Ings can be in England’s top flight.

Steven Gerrard recognises this and the stats back it up.

It’s worth nothing too, during his first season at Southampton Ings bagged seven goals, just like his first at Villa Park. In his second? He hit 22.

Watch this space.

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