Paul Ince has advised his son Tom to steer clear of a move to a club like Liverpool and focus on achieving first-team football.
The Blackpool star has been heavily linked with a January switch to Anfield, with rumours that negotiations between the two clubs are close to being finalised.
He left the Reds in 2011 after becoming frustrated by a lack of first-team opportunities and has impressed at Championship level.
However, Ince senior has warned his son to consider his chances of playing time before committing to a move:
“Wherever he goes he has to have the chance of being involved and getting game-time.” He is quoted by Sky Sports.
“If you say Liverpool, you say Man United or you say Barcelona – I don’t want him going to those clubs if he’s not going to play football.
“For me, he might as well stay at Blackpool and keep playing week in and week out.”
Despite believing that the youngster could be better off staying put, the former Manchester United midfielder is adamant that Ince junior has the ability to play in the Premier League:
“I just feel that he’s ready for the Premier League. Whether that means he’s going to go in January, or it means he’s going to go at the end of the season or the season after, who knows?
“I think he’s ready to go and play in the Premier League but I don’t want Thomas going to a Premier League club and not playing football because they will just stunt his development.”
Ince has seen his stock skyrocket since dropping to the Championship, where he has become a key part of the Seasiders’ setup under Ian Holloway and now manager Michael Appleton.
So far this term he has netted 13 goals and notched ten assists in 24 league games.
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