Newcastle have been linked with Tom Ince over the last couple of years, and the contract of the 22 year-old runs out in June at Blackpool, and the England U21 winger is currently on loan at Crystal Palace, who have got four wins on the trot since losing at Newcastle 1-0 on 22nd March, which was the last time we scored a goal.
Paul Ince – in England’s colors
Tom started his career at Liverpool where he played once for the Reds, and in August three years ago signed on at Blackpool, where he was successful and played 113 times for the Tangerines with 33 goals, so he proved he can score goals at the seaside club.
Tom played for the England U17, U19 and 13 times for the U21 side with three goals, and this season at Blackpool he appeared 23 times with 7 goals.
Since he’s been on loan at QPR, he’s played five times with one goal.
Last year he was named to the PFA Championship Team of the Year and was the Football League Young Player of the Year, so there’s no doubt this lad has a great pedigree, and of course his father is Paul Ince, the former Manchester United, Liverpool and England midfielder..
While he becomes a free agent in the summer, Newcastle (or nay other club) would still need to pay a compensation fee to Blackpool, which could be set by a tribunal if necessary.
Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis has stated that he would like to sign the 22 year-old to a contract at the London club.
In addition there were reports earlier in the week that Everton, Spurs and Newcastle have had talks with Blackpool about the player, but it seems no agreement was reached on the compensation, and it could definitely go to a tribunal – and the valuation could be close to £5M.
And Tony Pulis has sung the lad’s praises this week too:
“He’s going to be a top player.” “Tom has been absolutely fantastic, he’s got all the attributes and everything else. He will be a top Premier League player without a question of a doubt.”
“His attitude in training has been fantastic and the players have taken to him as well and I think that’s a great credit to Tom. He’s a credit to his parents, he’s been fabulous.”
Newcastle need players who can score goals from midfield, and this lad is English too – and he could develop into a great player on Tyneside – it only we can get him on board.
And that’s exactly what Newcastle are short of right now – great players.
What do you think?