Striker Danny Ings wins Player of Year award
Burnley’s Danny Ings has been named the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Year at the Football League Awards.
Ings received the award at the gala ceremony at The Brewery, London, on Sunday evening in front of over 600 guests from clubs, sponsors and the football industry.
This year a total of 36 clubs were shortlisted for 17 awards and Ings beat competition from Leicester City’s Danny Drinkwater and Leeds United’s Ross McCormack.
Frontman Ings has made huge strides as a Sky Bet Championship player this season, with his partnership with Sam Vokes reaping 44 goals so far this campaign.
Ings has been almost unstoppable at times with his pace and movement, allied to deadly finishing, taking him to the 20-goal mark by the first weekend in January.
The 21-year-old’s superb form has not gone unnoticed and he is also now a member of Gareth Southgate’s England Under 21 squad with two international goals to his name already.
On winning the award, Ings said: “It’s crazy. I’ve not had much luck in the last couple of years with injuries but I’ve managed to turn that around this year to get myself fit and everything is going well so far.
“Sam Vokes, my strike partner, has chipped in with a lot of goals too and our defence is one of the best defences in the league, our midfield too, the whole team has been fantastic. I could talk about them all night. We have such a good team ethic and work hard for each other which is why we have been successful.
“Sean (Dyche) is a great manager. He is firm but fair and as long as you buy in to what he buys in to, then you’re definitely going to get along. That comes down to hard work and all of our players are hard-working. Mix that with talent and you’ve got a powerful force.”