20 year old Tom Ince has certainly turned some heads so far this season. With 6 goals and 6 assists in 8 games for Blackpool he has already equalled his league goal scoring tally for last season, which could be why his father’s former club are rumoured to be watching him.
According the Daily Mail everyones favourite manager Ian Holloway has slapped a £6 million price tag on the winger and claims he would be playing for England if was in an Arsenal shirt.
Holloway even went as far to say: “I don’t think the other two flying wingers [Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott] are any better than him” which sounds even better if you say it in your head with Holloways wonderful west country accent.
So, is Ince worth all the hype so far? Is he even worth the money Blackpool want for him? Considering the amount of money that the worlds big teams generate nowadays it’s only fair that they pay the money these clubs values their best players at, unless its taken too far. Tom Ince has been superb for Blackpool so far this season and without his goals or assists they wouldn’t be in 4th position in a very competitive Championship league. Along with the fact that a number of teams are looking at him, £6 million could end up being a bargain if United go for him sooner rather than later.
The father of this prodigy has already stated that he thinks his son should stick with Blackpool after an unnamed club offered £5 million for him before the transfer window shut, according to the BBC. I agree with Paul as only the finest young players can carry on developing without playing regularly for their club. Last year was the first that Ince played close to a full season in the first team and it has done him the world of good based on his wonderful start to this term. If he keeps playing under an excellent manager at Championship level he will only develop and Holloway has said that he wouldn’t stand in his way if a Manchester United or Arsenal came in for him.
If there are any of you out there considering whether this youngster is actually any good or whether it is just hype because of his Dad then fairplay, it is still only October in a very long season still to come but after watching the highlights to Blackpool’s 6-0 demolition of Ipswich Town in which Ince scored 2 and set up 3, I became a believer in the talent of Ince.
Ince hasn’t been in the squad since he played in Blackpool’s 3-1 defeat to surprise package Huddersfield Town and the reason for this could be that Holloway fancied a fresh approach after losing or maybe he felt Ince needed a rest before his Under-21 debut for England, who knows. One thing I do know, if Ince can keep his head down and carry on his excellent form then he will be playing in the Premier League next season and for the sake of some wonderful post match quotes, I hope he’s playing in tangerine.