Tom Ince: Summer Transfer Window Profile and Scouting Report

Daniel Edwards@@DanEdwardsGoalFeatured ColumnistMay 24, 2013

Blackpool winger Tom Ince is among many players being tipped for a possible transfer in the summer window.

Here's a breakdown of his numbers and a brief scouting guide to the England Under-21 international, along with a few hints as to where he might be playing next summer.


Age: 21

Contract Situation: Ince's contract finishes in 2014.

Career Stops: Liverpool (2010-11), Blackpool (2011-present). 


Current Campaign Stats

Championship: 44 games, 18 goals.

FA Cup: 2 games, 0 goals.

League Cup: 1 game, 0 goals. 


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Scouting Guide

If the surname sounds rather familiar, that's because it should do. Tom Ince is the son of former England captain and current manager of Blackpool, Paul, and everything so far suggests that the ex-Manchester United and Inter man's progeny has more than enough talent to follow in his footsteps. 

While Ince Sr. excelled as a defensive midfielder, Tom's skills are more attacking in nature. His speed, slight frame and talent on the ball make him a menace on the left wing, a position in which England have been weak for generations, while he is also capable of playing on the opposite flank too. At 21 he is far from the finished article, and has just two full seasons of experience behind him; but enough has been seen already to mark out the youngster as one to keep an eye on in the future.


Where to Next?

Blackpool did not waste any time in trying to ensure Ince's immediate future in the north west of England, taking up an option for a one-year contract extension that will keep him at the club until 2014. While this protects against losing the talent for free, it may not discourage some of the big clubs who would be ready to descend chequebooks in hand. 

The Mirror reports that, added to the established interest of Liverpool and Tottenham in the £7million-rated youngster, are Italian giants Inter. The Milan club was the home of Paul Ince for two seasons, and are reportedly interested in battling the two Premier League clubs to help Tom follow in his father's footsteps to the San Siro.