Liverpool fans may remember that once upon a time Tom Ince was their prodigy to lose.
Tom Ince is just another case of a top-class young player who had the world at his feet but just failed to make it happen when it really counted.
Son of former Liverpool captain Paul Ince, the Anfield golden boy was making waves when he burst onto the scene in 2010. A slight, versatile forward who possessed plenty of skill and ability – he was the perfect model for a future kop favourite.
After some decent performances as a youth player both on the domestic and international stage, Roy Hodgson saw fit to award Ince with his first taste of Senior football in Liverpool’s fixture against League Two’s Northampton Town. Anyone who knows anything about Hodgson and that particular game will have some inkling of how well that went.
Shortly after, Ince was allowed to leave on loan to further his progression, and with a healthy dose of nepotism, though we are sure Paul Ince would disagree, found himself at Meadow Lane playing Notts County.
Despite netting twice in eight games, the club did not take up the option to sign him permanently.
Blackpool to the rescue.
The Tangerines came in for Ince at the beginning of the 2011/12 and gave him the opportunity he had been waiting for, and he duly repaid their faith. The forward netted an impressive eight times before following it up a year later with a further 18.
Interest started flying in.
Remarkably, it was not too long ago that Tom Ince, formerly of Notts County, was linked with a shock move to Serie A giants Inter Milan (as per BBC Sport).
We say ‘not too long ago’ because, relatively speaking, transfers between Victorian Britain’s favourite seaside resort and Inter Milan, home to some of the greatest players to ever live, do not often happen.
The move never materialised and he has since found himself passed around the English game like a hot potato spending time with Crystal Palace, Hull City, Nottingham Forest, Derby County, Huddersfield and Stoke City, where he plays today.
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