IAN Holloway has described Tom Ince as “absolutely outstanding”.
The winger fired two superb goals in Saturday’s 2-0 win at Millwall.
The Seasiders made light work of a lively Lions side who were hoping to build on a decent first season back in the Championship. And manager Holloway is delighted with his matchwinner.
He said: “Tom is absolutely outstanding. What a great young fella he is.
“He’s a nightmare to mark and let’s hope that continues.
“We are delighted to have him and I’m sure there are one or two looking very enviously that we’ve got him.”
Holloway shocked many with his selection. He handed debuts to Tiago Gomes and Isaiah Osbourne in midfield. That meant no place for Angel Martinez or Ludo Sylvestre in the starting 11.
He admitted: “The team selection was an absolute nightmare for me.
“That side hasn’t played together before, not even in pre-season, and I’m delighted how they played.
“The first goal was brilliant. We got two good goals and goals change games.
“It was pretty tight before the goals, then we managed to settle down.
“It’s all about trying to get into your stride early in the season, and I thought it was a great effort.
“We have to get over last year’s disappointment and try to have a good run at it.
“50 points is the first target, then we go from there.”
The Seasiders now boast a squad with options in all areas. Scott Robertson, Syvlestre and Angel were all unused on Saturday.
Holloway has made no secret of his desire to add a striker or two, but he’s pleased with how his squad is taking shape.
“I can make changes in most areas but not all,” he said. “If I could, then that would be great.
“I’m delighted that (Wigan boss) Roberto Martinez let us have Nouha Dicko (for another loan spell) but he couldn’t start on Saturday.
“We are very good at borrowing other people’s players, as we don’t always pay the wages other people do.
“The good thing for me is that I can change that whole midfield on Tuesday night if I want to.
“I think the lads have to realise that I’m going to change it throughout the season.
“I almost played Angel on Saturday, but as long as the players realise what I’m doing we can be strong and fresh.”