The 30 year old is out of choice for Steven Gerrard's first 11 at Villa Park, having not played a full game for the team during their current premier league campaign. Ings who arrived during last seasons summer window has started just three games this year. His £25 million move came as a surprise to many, with the striker himself saying that even his family weren't aware before the shock deal was announced. However his first season was far short of what many were hoping for, with a goal just every 272 minutes for Ings.
Reports from this summers window suggested Ings' short time in the midlands might be coming to a close, with the younger Ollie Watkins favoured. Gerrard has even experimented with formations
hoping to fit both England forwards into the side,
with little success. Villa have had links with other top strikers, such as Ings and Gerrard's former Liverpool teammate Luis Suarez.
As well as
potential deals with established players, Ings's position in the squad is threatened by rising stars such as 20-year-old Cameron Archer. Gerrard himself said recently that Ings was "itching" to play, but with just one goal from his seven appearances in the premier league, and a bench full of unused attacking talent this year, is he worth it? Only time will tell if the former Southampton star can get firing for the Villains like many hope, with his previous time on the south coast being much more prolific.