Tom Ince: Highlighting What Young Winger Would Bring to Liverpool

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IJanuary 9, 2013

FLEETWOOD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 07:  Tom Ince of Blackpool beats Andrew Mangan of Fleetwood Town during the FA Cup sponsored by Budweiser third round match between Fleetwood Town and Blackpool at Highbury Stadium on January 7, 2012 in Fleetwood, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Talented Blackpool winger and the son of former England captain Paul Ince, 20-year-old Tom Ince looks to be nearing a return to Liverpool, according to the Daily Mail's Simon Jones

This from Jones on Tuesday:

Liverpool are close to finalizing a £6 million deal for Blackpool's Tom Ince after a breakthrough in negotiations.

Ince was originally signed by Liverpool as a teenager a few years back before exiting for Blackpool in 2011. With a move to Anfield seemingly inevitable, here we'll highlight what the former Liverpool youth player would bring to the Reds this season and beyond. 

 

Scoring Punch

It's no secret that Ince can put the ball in the back of the net, and that's why he has so much potential with a club like Liverpool, which is among the highest-scoring clubs in the Premier League.

Ince has scored a club-leading 13 goals in 24 English League Championship appearances for Blackpool this season, putting more than half of his 64 shots on goal. Ince's conversion rate is also impressive, scoring on 20 percent of his shots. 

At age 20 with limited experience against top competition, Ince doesn't yet possess the elite scoring punch of a Luis Suarez, but can certainly contend with the likes of Daniel Sturridge, who recently signed with the club.

 

Playmaker

Perhaps even more than a scorer, Tom Ince is a gifted playmaker. While many have taken notice of his goal count this season with Blackpool, some are overlooking his tremendous assist numbers.

In addition to excelling as an attacking winger, Ince has proven to be a productive player on other parts of the pitch, assisting on 10 goals for Blackpool in 24 ELC appearances for the club in 2012-13. No other player on the squad can boast more than five assists. 

Sure, the competition will be improved at the next level, but the unselfish mentality is there nonetheless.

Clearly, Tom Ince is ready to take the next step. He's exhausted the ELC competition and is ready for a stiffer challenge at the Premier League level. A move to Anfield looks all but certain, and surely manager Brendan Rodgers has to be all smiles with that in mind. 

Ince has come a long way since he made just one appearance for the Reds two seasons ago. He's developed into a well-rounded player and one who's just scratching the surface in terms of potential.

 

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