Tom awaits return from behind closed doors

Tom Ince
Tom Ince

Tom Ince is hoping practice makes perfect, the 19-year-old is putting in the hours on the training ground in a bid to win back his place.

The 19-year-old is putting in the hours on the training ground in a bid to win back his place.

The Seasiders frontman said: “Every player has to work on his weaknesses, no matter how young or old you are, so I like to do extra shifts at the training ground.

“I get pressure from my dad (Paul) to do that every day. Even if I’m at home he tells me I have to work hard and work on my weaknesses if I want to be the player want to be. You have to work hard to get to the top.”

Ince could be forgiven for being a little frustrated at the moment.

His superb brace in last month’s win over Doncaster appeared to have cemented his place in the team.

But defeats in the next two games, at the hands of Nottingham Forest and Burnley, saw manager Ian Holloway relegate him to the bench.

The teenager was among the substitutes against Leeds and Millwall, and didn’t even make the bench at Middlesbrough last weekend.

Holloway admits that Ince (left) is unfortunate not to be involved.

The lad himself has a good attitude and is prepared to be patient as he bids to get back into the side.

Ince added: “I am still 19, I am still learning and there are a lot of quality players in this squad, so I have to wait for my chance.

“I will play sometimes, I won’t play other times, but I have to accept that. “It will happen throughout my career.

“I have to learn and develop wait for my time. Who knows what will happen in the next few weeks?”

Ince did his cause no harm with a good performance in a behind-closed-doors game at Leeds this week.

Playing up front alongside Brett Ormerod and Daniel Bogdanovic, the teenager was his usual lively self, though he couldn’t prevent the Seasiders slipping to a 2-0 defeat.

With Matt Phillips and Billy Clarke back from their loan spell at Sheffield United, Ince knows he faces a scrap to win back his place in the matchday 16, never mind the starting 11.

But he is nothing if not a fighter and his manager expects him to keep battling.

Holloway said: “Tom has shown loads of promise since he came here and I’m delighted with some of the things he has done. He has bags of potential and I think he can be a really good player.

“He is unlucky to have been left out in the last few games but we have a good squad and he will get his chance.”