Tom Ince: Blackpool Fan On The Player To Add Direction To Spurs' Attack

The son of Paul has attracted plenty of interest from Premiership clubs, with Spurs and Newcastle set to do battle for his signature. Here's all you need to know about the England U21 international...
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The son of Paul has attracted plenty of interest from Premiership clubs, with Spurs and Newcastle set to do battle for his signature. Here's all you need to know about the England U21 international...

Tom Ince (20) signed for Blackpool from Liverpool in the summer of 2011 only a short while after Charlie Adam had travelled in the opposite direction. Whilst Adam became part of the overpriced batch of British talent at Liverpool, Ince has grown with each game he has played and is now one of Blackpool’s key attacking weapons.

Upon joining the club the first impressions of Ince were of a young player with pace and a trick, but often prone to running with his head down, narrowing his field of vision. Taking his place as one of the two wide forwards, normally as an inverted winger on the right, he now appears to have developed rapidly with the game time he has had. His first touch is solid, but still a little inconsistent and his passing also lacks consistency, both in range and execution.

He has good acceleration and sustains his pace well to beat men. His tricks are a little readable and could do with adding more subtlety and disguise to elevate his one v one play. On the evidence of his goals he can hit powerful shots as well as placing the ball with control and accuracy. This is allied to reliable delivery from wide free kicks, corners and crossing from open play. He could, however, do with developing more variety to his delivery. Perhaps developing his pace of delivery and craft to move the ball with more bias towards the end of its flight.

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It appears that he is mentally strong and doesn’t tend to lose his composure the closer he gets to the opposition goal. He appears to need to increase his field of vision to appreciate his options earlier which will also help with his decision-making. Overall, his development is on an upward trajectory increasing more than any other Blackpool player and if he keep developing at this rate he will outgrow this Blackpool side especially as promotion isn't on the cards this season. In addition to settling in to either wide forward position and has even dropped deeper and centrally at times and realistically he could also be deployed as a very effective attacking left back.

One area of his game that had been detrimental to his development and the flow of the team is the upon receiving the ball. He had a habit of turning back away from goal in order to protect the ball from the opponent. On the face of it this isn’t necessarily a bad move, however, it appeared totally instinctive. What made it worse is that he did it even when not being marked, leading to attacks slowing down and removing his vision from his attacking space. This may well be a consequence of being deployed as an inverted winger and not being comfortable letting the ball run across his body onto his weaker right foot. However, this season he has tended to do this less often and in doing so, he is becoming a little more direct in his attacking play and causing even more stress for the opposition.

He's made a number of the England Under 21 appearances and he was touted for a return back to Liverpool in the last transfer window. However, his father and mentor Paul believed another season at Bloomfield Road would be good for his development. He seems very likely he'll be playing in the Premier League soon, it's just a question of whether it'll be in the of Tottenham Hotspur or the stripes of Newcastle.

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