The Burnley striker – who was also crowned the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Year at the Football League Awards last month – finished first among the top 50 players beneath the Premier League, voted for by fans all across the three divisions of the Football League.
“FourFourTwo” have compiled the list each year since 2005 and Ings has followed in the footsteps of the likes of Steve Sidwell, Phil Jagielka and Kevin Nolan to finish top, ahead of the Championship top scorer Ross McCormack (Leeds United) and veteran midfielder Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest).
“FFT” explained the choice: “Ings has faced some frustration in his short career, including being released by Southampton as a boy. Last season, in which he sustained a serious knee injury, was also painful.
“But nothing has been able to restrain him in 2013-14 as he’s unleashed a goal avalanche for the promotion-menacing Clarets, got an England Under-21 call up and even became a Twitter nice guy phenomenon after presenting a disabled fan with his boots and a kiss.
“Devastating alongside partner Sam Vokes, Ings is blessed with the innate ability to score all kinds of goals – making him your pick as the finest footballer in the Football League.”
Meanwhile, fellow Burnley players Kieran Trippier and Vokes are 7th and 23rd on the list respectively.
According to “FFT”, ‘an attacking tour de force from right-back, Trippier is among the top assisters in the second tier’ and ‘Vokes has coupled an improved first touch with a more aggressive presence – along with lots of goals’.