Sean Dyche believes there is still a lot more to come from Danny Ings after the Burnley striker was today nominated for the Championship Player of the Season award.
The England under-21 international was shortlisted for the prestigious accolade alongside Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater and Leeds United forward Ross McCormack.
The winner will be announced at the Football League ceremony at the Brewery in London on Sunday evening.
And the Clarets manager was not surprised to learn about Ings’ nomination.
Dyche told his pre-match press conference this afternoon: “I don’t think it came as a major shock and in a great way, I must make it clear.
“He’s been in fine form and has delivered excellent performances and some fantastic goals. And he’s a young man, he’s still learning.
“He’s working hard at his game and he’s become a real team player – one of great value not only to the team, but to the whole club.
“He’s become a good figure within the team and for the work he does for the community as well.
“We’re really pleased on behalf of him.”
The 21-year-old has already scored an impressive 25 goals in all competitions this season.
Furthermore, as many as 16 out of his 20 league goals have either given Burnley the lead or have been equalisers.
And Dyche has revealed his striker keeps improving at all aspects of his game.
He added: “He’s come a considerable way in my time at the club.
“I think everybody knew about his talent and even last season people were wondering: ‘could he score goals? Could he do this? Could he do that?’
“But he is still developing and people forget that sometimes.
“You have to wait for players to evolve in a way they learn and train. We hope information that we give him is of good quality and he also gets support on the science side.
“Therefore, he is developing physically and mentally as well as in terms of his technical skills and the game know-how.
“All those things come together and although he still has plenty of work to do he’s delivered very good signs and very good performances this season.”
The Burnley top scorer limped off during last night’s away match at Birmingham City with a knock.
However, Dyche has not ruled the striker out of contention for Saturday’s game against Leeds United at Turf Moor.
The boss said: “It is still too early to say and we’ll have to wait and see how it develops over the next 24 hours.
“We think it is a knock, though, rather than anything too sinister, but we’ll have it checked thoroughly before learning more news.”