Nuno Santo will now surely be livid over Tottenham Hotspur’s failure to sign one of his top summer targets in Danny Ings…
What was the word?
During the off-season, The Telegraph’s Matt Law reported that the former Southampton striker was the Portuguese’s number one priority during the transfer window.
It was claimed that the 47-year-old wanted Ings to partner Harry Kane up top, rather than replace him, as he looked to switch the Lilywhites’ system to a two-man attack – something he had done at Wolves to varying degrees of success.
Should Spurs have signed Ings for £30m?
The 29-year-old had entered the final year of his contract at St Mary’s and reportedly rejected an offer of a four-year extension, as per Sky Sports.
Ings went onto join Spurs’ top-flight rivals Aston Villa in a £30m deal.
One that got away?
As expected, the vastly experienced talisman has already continued his fine form in front of goal and has emerged as a starter under Dean Smith.
In just four appearances, the three-time England international has found the net twice and even provided one assist, building on from his 13 goals and four assists for the lowly Saints last term, as per Transfermarkt.
A year earlier, the £18m-rated Ings hit 22 goals in 38 league games – his best-ever campaign in English football.
Spurs have struggled in front of goal so far this season. They may have won three of their four matches to sit just one point behind league leaders Manchester United but they have only amassed three goals from a trio of 1-0 victories and a heavy defeat to Crystal Palace in which they struggled massively in attack.
Nuno lambasted their creative and goalscoring problems as “a big concern” after the match and it would’ve surely made him ponder what might’ve been following the failure to sign Ings during the summer.
Heung-min Son, who is currently out injured, is the only Tottenham player to match the 29-year-old’s returns so far this season.
Once dubbed a “goal machine” and an “assist machine”, you can’t help but feel that things may have been different had Tottenham sporting director Fabio Paratici and co sealed a move for the 5 foot 10 talisman.
It could well be their biggest mistake of recent times, and Nuno must be livid over it.
AND in other news, Spurs make “incredible” £36m-rated monster their top 2022 target, Nuno would love him…
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