Danny Ings has experienced a significant change of heart and acknowledged that he hasn’t completely adapted to life at the London Stadium yet, writes the Hammer News.
Ings made the switch to West Ham from Aston Villa during the January transfer window for a fee of approximately £12 million plus potential additional payments. However, the 30-year-old has encountered difficulties in finding his place within the West Ham setup, primarily due to the system not aligning well with his style of play.
West Ham manager David Moyes implements a tactical approach that requires the lone striker to constantly run the channels and pose a consistent threat to opposing defenders. Unfortunately, this doesn’t align with Ings’ natural approach to the game. Consequently, he has had to exercise great patience over the past five months.
During an exclusive interview with Football.London, the 30-year-old forward openly discussed his initial five months at the London Stadium and admitted that he has yet to fully settle in with West Ham.
“It’s the first time I’ve moved midway through a season, so it was quite new to me at the time. I wouldn’t say I’m completely settled yet, but the group have really helped me with that. I feel like I’ve known them for years to be honest, it was such an easy transition, everybody is good lads and you can see exactly why we’ve been in Europe for the last two seasons.”
Ings’ recent comments stand in stark contrast to his earlier remarks in April, a mere three months after his transfer from the West Midlands to East London. During that time, he expressed to Sky Sports that the transition to the London Stadium was the smoothest and most effortless move he had experienced throughout his career thus far.