THEY say patience is a virtue, in which case Tom Ince has been a very virtuous man over the last few years.
He may have to be again this season, though Ince’s brief but entertaining cameo from the bench against Derby suggests the son of Paul may get a chance to show what he can do sooner rather than later.
The 19-year-old, who joined the Seasiders in the summer after battling in vain to break into Liverpool’s first team, made his first league appearance against Derby.
That was a relief for Ince, who had not even made the bench for the opening two league matches.
That was no reflection on his talent. He was a victim of the Football League’s decision to revert to five substitutes instead of seven. Ian Holloway can’t get everyone on the bench and Ince was one of the unfortunate ones.
But he shone in his brief run out against Derby and did well at Sheffield Wednesday, where he started the Carling Cup tie. And he makes no secret of the fact that he wants a little more time on the pitch.
Ince said: “I watched Blackpool in the Premier League last season and they really went for it, even against the top four.
“The gaffer likes quick, attacking players, so the way Blackpool play suits me down to the ground.
“I just want to push into the first-team, and play the football we do and score goals.
“We’ve got quite a big squad and plenty of competition for places, but it’s been really good so far. The gaffer and the lads have been very welcoming to me.
“I’ve got a lot of people behind me to show me the right direction (a nod to footballing father and former England international Paul), so hopefully I can just take that on board and push on.”
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