According to WhoScored, Ollie’s ratings, goals and assists in each position in his career is this:
AML: Played 50, scored 14, assisted 6, rating 7.20
AMR: Played 18, scored 4, assisted 4, rating 7.18
FWD: Played 90, scored 40, assisted 8, rating 7.22
It should also be noted that his highest rated season was him primarily playing on the left in 2017/18.
I’ve been of the opinion that Ollie must start up front, and was against the idea of signing Tammy. Ings is a different proposition though, he’s one of the best finishers in the league, and for me must start up front.
I would primarily play Ollie on the left, I think with Grealish gone we can, and should adapt how we play. I look at how Salah plays on the right for Liverpool, basically a second striker, and that’s how I’d like to see Ollie play on the left for us.
With Ings’ injury record, and the need to manage his fitness levels, Ollie will still get plenty of minutes as a striker. For example we can afford to take Ings off after an hour, move Buendia on the right, Bailey to the left and either bring on Carney, Nakamba, or bring Traore in on the right and keep Emi central, depending on the situation in the game.
Starting games, when everyone is available, I would have Ollie, Ings and Bailey, with Emi floating as a number 10 behind.
I’m torn on what I’d do in the market, as we all want top players to join, but if we went in to the season with our current array of attackers, I wouldn’t be too disappointed. The caveat to playing the above formation is that we need more steel in midfield, and that’s what I’d go all out for in the remainder of the summer.
Tl:dr, Ollie’s great, must start, and will play equally as well in any of the front three positions.