Tom Ince he worth the risk?

by jonnyescott

With speculation mounting that United will offload Nani in the summer transfer window or even possibly as soon as January, Manchester United are on the lookout for a new winger, especially taking into account the recent injuries to Ashley Young along with the unfamiliar poor form of Antonio Valencia.

Manhester United are known around the world to have an extremely strong wing department with the likes of David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo, Antonio Valencia and most notably Ryan Giggs starring for the reds in recent years. United are somewhat slacking in that area of the pitch at the moment.

With the club continuing to be linked to the likes of James Rodriguez of Portugal giants Porto and young English sensation Wilfred Zaha who currently of Crystal Palace, United may be tempted to buy into a player who was the creation of one of our famous 1992-93 squad.

Tom Ince signed for arch rivals Liverpool as a youth player back in early 2008 and was subsequently handed a first team squad number at the start of the 2010-11 season. With not many first team opportunities coming his way and Liverpool’s manager Roy Hodgson’s reluctance to give the youth a chance, Ince signed for his dad at Notts County scoring in two of his eight appearances for the Nottinghamshire club.

Paul Ince was then sacked by Notts County, ruining any chance of a possible extended stay for Thomas.  Then on the 3 August 2011, Tom signed for North West rivals Blackpool on a two year contract which came with the possibility that he would possibly be in with a chance of first team football  at the club. As expected, Ince made his debut for Blackpool in a League Cup defeat to Sheffield Wednesday on the 11th August.

Since then, he has continued to shine for the Seasiders in the Championship earning him frequent rave reviews on BBC’s weekly Football League Show. Possessing that self-centred arrogance that his dad is famous for, Thomas Ince has all but lived up the expectation which has being heaped on him to live up to the standard in which his father was.

Ince is mainly used as a wide player for Blackpool with the ability to cut in from the wing on either foot and create something not many players in the Championship would be able to create. United have being crying out for a predominantly left footed winger since Giggs lost his infamous turn of speed, and maybe Ince Junior is just the man to replace him.

With Championship experience under his belt along with five caps for England U21s, Ince would bring something new and something fresh to a United attack which on paper, looks to be ageing a little with the likes of Rooney, Van Persie, Young and Valencia slowly heading towards their early 30s. It would be a major risk for United to gamble on a player with no proven record in the Premier League but for a fee of around the seven million pound mark, surely that will be a risk worth taking?

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