Twelve months ago he was allowed to leave by Liverpool for a relative
pittance, but now
The winger’s eight years at Anfield, from childhood to professional, amounted to just one first-team appearance, as a substitute in the ruinous League Cup defeat at home to Northampton under Roy Hodgson.
With opportunities limited, last summer his father, Paul, the former England
The phone bill was worth it: Ince is now the most rousing wide player in the
Here, Ince was impressively creative. Ipswich had no answer to his pace and movement from a starting position on the right side of attack, contributing towards each of Blackpool’s six goals, scoring two himself.
Afterwards, Ince indicated that he was more than happy to remain at the club. Following Liverpool, lessons have been learnt. At 20, all he wants to do is play.
“No matter where you are, if it is League One or League Two, first-team football cannot be beaten,” he said. “When you play at this place you really do get the chance to excite people. I see in the media that fans that do not even support Blackpool love watching us play because we attack teams.”
Ince, who scored eight goals in all competitions last season, already has four in four games this time around. He revealed there is a belief within the Blackpool squad that promotion can be achieved ahead of other clubs with greater financial means.
“I saw on Sky Sports last week that we were not even in the top six to go up again,” he said. “But we have a tremendous spirit. We do not worry about making mistakes. We know that if we go a goal behind then we have to pick ourselves back up and get one or two. That is a great thing to have.”
Blackpool’s methods of recovery certainly were not tested here. Ahead inside 13 minutes, when Aaron Cresswell slid the ball into his own net from Ince’s cross, the game was settled shortly after half time with strikes from Gary Taylor-Fletcher and Ince himself.
Ipswich capitulated after that. Further goals by Ince, Craig Cathcart and substitute Nouha Dicko secured a result that means history can be rewritten.
The last time Blackpool won their first three matches of a league season was in 1991; a campaign inspired by the wing play of an emerging Trevor Sinclair and goalscoring exploits of Dave Bamber that culminated in promotion from the old Division Four. It sounds terribly familiar.