Manchester United 'transfer target' Tom Ince touted for England


Simon Rice
Wednesday 03 October 2012 14:24 BST
Tom Ince's (right) speed and skill has worried Championship defences
Tom Ince's (right) speed and skill has worried Championship defences (PA)

Ian Holloway has compared Blackpool's wing-wizard Tom Ince to Arsenal duo Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott, suggesting the 20-year-old is good enough for England.

The son of former England midfielder Paul has been in fantastic form for the Tangerines this season, predictably leading to a buzz of transfer speculation.

Today it was reported by The Sun that he could be destined for Manchester United, with his father looking to push through a deal. It is claimed the former Liverpool youth player could move to Old Trafford as soon as January.

With the England under-21 player's contract expiring in the summer, speculation is only likely to increase, and the Premier League is somewhere his current manager believes Ince would be comfortable.

"At the moment he has just got into the England Under-21 set-up and rightly so," said the Bloomfield Road boss.

"He has been absolutely unplayable for us and has been outstanding in such a short period of time.

"I don't think the other two flying wingers [Oxlade-Chamberlain and Walcott] are any better than him.

"It is because they play for Arsenal. Incey has been creating and scoring. In other words, if Arsene Wenger bought him, he'd be good enough to start for England.

"Does that mean I don't know what I'm on about? Or we are not a big enough club to play for? It doesn't matter about that.

"I believe the boy will be a top, top player. He has everything, including the right temperament.

"I can see him donning any of those shirts [Arsenal and England] and becoming a star - it is only a matter of time."

Holloway believes Ince will only realise his England ambitions if he plays in the top-tier, a belief which if shared by the player suggests he will be moving up a division in the near future, whether Blackpool achieve promotion this season or not.

"You can count on one hand the number of Championship players who have played for England. He has only just got into the Under-21s," said Holloway.

"Lord knows what he could do with an England shirt on his back now. His end product is absolutely top, top drawer.

Join our commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies


Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in