TOM Ince says he’s flattered by all the attention coming his way.
The 20-year-old Blackpool winger is one of the Championship’s most talked-about players and has been linked with a number of top Premier League clubs in recent weeks.
And that talk is unlikely to die down after his latest eye-catching performance for England U21s in Tuesday’s win over Northern Ireland at Bloomfield Road.
But Ince is taking it all in his stride, insisting he owes everything to the Seasiders.
“I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for Blackpool,” said Ince, who signed from Liverpool in August last year.
“I’ve been given the opportunity to play week in, week out at a very high level in the Championship.
“It is flattering to have all that interest. It shows you are playing good football and are in good form, but at the moment my focus is on playing for Blackpool.”
Ince’s U21 team-mate Nathan Delfouneso says there’s a buzz about Bloomfield Road.
The on-loan Aston Villa striker scored his first goal since September 18 to earn Pool a 2-2 draw with Bolton last Saturday.
New boss Michael Appleton has made a positive first impression on the frontman, who said: He said: “There’s a lot of excitement about the place and everyone is just eager to get going with new manager and the staff.
“The boys are raring to go and ready to start moving up the league again. We’re looking to make sure we have good shape and are solid in all areas from back to front. We need to attack as a team and defend as a team.”