Considering the level of speculation linking Blackpool’s Tom Ince with a Premier League move over the summer, it is surprising to many that he still finds himself at Bloomfield Road. Tottenham found themselves battling amongst a host of other top Premier League clubs for the 21 year old’s coveted signature and it is now believed that they will rekindle their interest in January.
A variety of sources including the Express have suggested that Blackpool will look to sell their star before his contract expires at the end of the year. With this in mind a £4m bid will apparently be enough to prize the winger away, half of the reported £8m fee agreed in the summer. With increased interest from abroad Spurs will apparently be keen to tie up the move as soon as is feasibly possible.
Would a January move for Ince really be all that shrewd for Spurs?
Ince is regarded by many as the standout player of the Football League and potentially a major coup for any side, Spurs included. English and relatively cheap, he is exactly the kind of deal that Levy readily salivates over. Low risk and with the potential for a sell on in years to come this deal ticks all the boxes for a club like Tottenham.
The reason though that a number of Spurs fans wont share such boardroom enthusiasm is the fact that the club already possess a vast array of young attacking talents. Lamela and Chadli, to name but a few, have just joined and are already finding it hard to burst into a highly competitive first team. Tom Ince if he joined would find himself well down the pecking order, and in my opinion be very unlikely to get much first team opportunity. Already recognised at international u-21 level, Ince is unlikely to be satisfied by such a minor role and really at his age he needs regular game time to aid his development.
A second tier Premier League team able to offer more playing time would in my view be a much more prudent move for the player himself.
The reality is that Spurs would not be buying out of necessity, more just because they can. Preventing a rival from strengthening or simply as a way for the club to make a quick buck, the motives of such a deal are unlikely to be purely footballing.
£4m may seem like small change, but football is always a game of trade-offs and couple that with wage costs this is money that could be spent elsewhere. I’m sure manager and fans would be much happier to see that sum used towards a bid for say a world-class left or right back.
Many believe AVB will be re-armed with a transfer war chest again in January following their recouping of all summer spending through the Bale deal. Naturally this means Spurs will again be linked with all manner of player through January, and from my point of view the re-dredging of the Ince deal is no different. When a £30m record signing is struggling to break into the side why would there be any need to get someone else in?
This deal unsurprisingly had legs over the summer, but the additions of Chadli and Lamela make a future move all the more unlikely.
This is a shame for Spurs because Ince is undoubtedly a good player and an excellent prospect for clubs going forward.
The fact Spurs can now turn quality away speaks volumes of the position they now find themselves in. A quality squad with the depth that allows them to be selective when it comes to player recruitment, something that just wasn’t the case under previous tenures.
Ince will be an astute signing for the club he invariably goes to this January, but for me Spurs no longer need him and therefore another bid to tempt the Blackpool winger away would be incredibly surprising.
Will Tottenham go again for Ince in January or has there summer spending done enough to quell the need to strengthen in this area once more?