TOM Ince is worth £25m, says his father Paul.
The Blackpool manager believes his 18-goal winger is the best player in the Championship, well ahead of Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha.
Manchester United agreed a deal to sign Zaha in January, a move which will see him move to Old Trafford this summer for £15m.
And Ince believes his star man is worth much more.
Pool boss Ince said: “If you look at Zaha being sold for £15m, then Thomas has to be worth £25m.
“If you compare the two, Thomas has to be worth much more.
“Zaha is a fantastic player, don’t get me wrong, but look at the way Thomas plays and his statistics – he has about 26 assists and 18 goals.”
It’s been a memorable season for Ince junior, who has also become an England U21 regular and was named the Football League’s Young Player of the Year.
And while his father may be a little biased, he believes his son can go to the very top.
He said: “Thomas is direct and makes things happen, and he scores goals.
“I’ll never compare him to Ronaldo but he’s that sort of wide man who scores goals.
“The rest of the top scorers in the league are strikers. In terms of potential, he can reach £25m in value.
“Zaha had five or six goals and Palace got £15. Well, Thomas has 18. That shows just what quality he can bring.
“We aren’t going to get £25m as he’s not proven in the Premier League, but if United paid £15m for Zaha you’d say Thomas is worth a lot more.”
Blackpool travel to Nottingham Forest tomorrow, looking for three points which would go a long way to securing their Championship survival.
Matt Derbyshire is unable to play for Pool against his parent club as part of the loan agreement, while Gary Taylor-Fletcher remains sidelined with a hamstring strain.
And Pool will be further weakened in attack by Marko Futacs’ return to Leicester.
The striker played four games without scoring and the Seasiders chose against extending the loan.
Ince explained: “We were only able to use him sparingly. He had been out for a while at Leicester. He hadn’t had much game-time.
“We were playing him for 15 or 20 minutes a game, and I didn’t think it warranted that sort of money.”