EPL: Would Tom Ince Be Making the Right Decision in Switching to Liverpool?
Blackpool midfielder Tom Ince has been attracting a lot of attention recently from former Club Liverpool, with the winger starting to show the sort of potential that first attracted the Reds to his abilities as a youngster.
As it was, Ince was deemed not good enough to make the grade at Anfield and made a mature decision by finding first team football just over 50 miles north up the M6.
Since that point, it appears that the 20-year-old has used the disappointment of being discarded by his former employers as an incentive to prove them wrong, and with a price tag of £6 million being placed on his head according to The Daily Mail, it looks like Liverpool will have to pay big time for their mistake.
But should Ince be in any great rush to join Brendan Rodger's outfit?
Of course, the draw of Liverpool is always going to be a hard proposition to turn down with their pedigree and reputation in the game, but the big concern is likely to come in the fact that Ince will expect to play games.
The youngster has shown by moving to Blackpool that he thrives on regular first-team football, and the Tangerines should be commended in giving him the chance to prove himself in a senior environment.
This season in particular has seen Ince really come of age, with multiple goals and assists in England's second tier, making him one of the most feared players in the division.
Ince is an example to other young players that there is no substitute to learning the game on the job so to speak, and he has portrayed great resilience in bouncing back from the knock of being deemed surplus to requirements at a Premier League Club and used that setback to his advantage.
Playing week in week out is obviously key to Ince's development, as it is with most young talents who have ambitions to make it in the game, and if he did make the switch back to Merseyside, you would like to hope that he doesn't sink back into oblivion.
Too many young English players have found their paths blocked to the first team squad by expensive foreign imports and seen their careers stagnate as a result.
Just this season, we've seen the likes of Scott Sinclair and Jack Rodwell make multi-million pound transfers to Manchester City and have hardly seen them since, and Ince must make a judgement on whether such a fate could await him as well.
Having said that, the decline of the Reds in recent years may be something that Ince can use to his benefit.
Players such as Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson have struggled to make an impact at Liverpool since arriving in the North-West, so the Blackpool man certainly has the ability to force his way into the starting eleven over time. There are certainly places in the team up for grabs.
Undoubtedly, ex-Reds midfielder and father to Tom, Paul Ince, will have a lot of influence on his son's final decision, and in an interview carried out with the BBC earlier this season, former Pool Boss Ian Holloway suggested that Ince Senior would advise Tom to see out the campaign at the Championship Club.
Ultimately, If the opportunity does arise for Ince to make a move back to where it all began for him, he will need to think long and hard about what is best for his progression.
With good people around him, I'm sure that he will make the correct decision about where the next stage of his career will take him and go on to become a success in the Premier League one day, whichever road he takes.
Whether he will put that dream on hold for at least another six months remains to be seen.
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