Tom Ince’s name has hit the Premier League transfer headlines more often than the majority of players in the history of the Championship. It’s the sort of thing that happens when you’re the son of English soccer royalty and score 25 goals in the past 1.5 seasons for Blackpool.
But those accolades aren’t enough to return him to where he played as a youth, as father and former England captain Paul Ince says his son wasn’t ready for the bright lights of Anfield and turned down Liverpool in January’s transfer window for a loan move to Crystal Palace.
“Liverpool were in, but I don’t think Thomas is ready to go to Liverpool yet,” said Paul Ince. “Brendan [Rodgers] has done very well there and he does play the kids but for his progression as a footballer it needed to be a Stoke, a Swansea, a Palace or a Hull at this point.
“Maybe in two or three years’ time that might be a move for him.”
Tom Ince chose Palace for the rest of the season despite joining Liverpool as a youth player in 2008 and making a League Cup appearance in 2010-11 before moving to Blackpool full-time in 2011.
His Palace deal is a loan move but effectively ends his time at Blackpool barring a miracle, and he’s saying all the right things about Tony Pulis and company.
The newly-minted 22-year-old is out of contract this summer and the Eagles pipping of Swansea and Cardiff amongst others means they have frontrunner’s footing for his full-time services, but if we’ve learned anything from the Tom Ince transfer saga… it’s that it’s far from over.