By West Ham Zone speaking to Frank McAvennie

20th Nov, 2023 | 6:10pm

Danny Ings tipped for West Ham United exit as ‘don’t know why he’s there’ claim made

We’re delighted to welcome former West Ham United striker Frank McAvennie as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at the London Stadium…

Frank McAvennie believes striker Danny Ings will leave West Ham United in the upcoming January transfer window.

The prediction comes amid a lack of playing time for the striker, with Ings playing just 68 minutes in the Premier League this season.

The 31-year-old has also been handed playing time in the Europa League and League Cup, but has featured for just 293 minutes in all competitions.

McAvennie believes the lack of game time is due to Ings not fitting into David Moyes’s style of play. And the pundit has suggested that was the same problem for former striker Gianluca Scamacca, who left to join Atalanta in the summer.

Moyes may, however, be forced to play Ings against Burnley on Saturday (25 November), with Michail Antonio and Jarrod Bowen both picking up knocks on international duty [The Standard, 20 November].

Speaking to West Ham Zone, McAvennie said: “I don’t know what Ings is doing, I think he’ll move on, because he needs to play. He’s a goalscorer. He’s never going to work his backside off to help others, he’s just a natural striker, which doesn’t fit into Moyes’s way of playing football.

“I don’t know why he’s there. Not because he’s not a good striker – he is – but because he doesn’t fit into the way Moyes plays. Scamacca is another who didn’t fit in.

“You’ve got to be careful who you’re buying now because it’s not just a case of spending money and pleasing the fans. If they can’t play Moyes’s way then it’s money that is just being spent for the sake of it.”

In other West Ham news, a report has shared how Hammers insiders feel about a European ace, with a January transfer on the cards.