"It's been a whirlwind 18 months for me. It's been fantastic. I left Liverpool to get games in the Championship and I'm enjoying it at Blackpool.
"It's a proud moment for me and my family."
Those were the words of Blackpool winger Tom Ince last night after celebrating his award at the Football League Awards on Sunday night.
Ince has followed in the footsteps of Wilfried Zaha, Gareth Bale and Nathaniel Clyne in being named the Football League Young Player of the Year award.
Congratulations are certainly due to the 21-year-old who has had a great campaign at Bloomfield Road despite The Tangerines struggles to live up to previously aloft expectations. Ince, who is of course now managed by his old man Paul, has scored 18 goals this season and therefore deserved recognition for an outstanding season that is likely to see him playing Premier League football next year.
But how on earth did the voting system work exactly?
Ince lost out in the main category of the night, Championship Player of the Year, to Watford striker Matej Vydra.
Along with Glenn Murray of Crystal Palace he had to play loser to the Czech international who has scored 20 goals in the Championship under Gianfranco Zola this season. However the on-loan Udinese forward is just 20-years-old; a full four months younger than 21-year-old Ince.
To make matters even more confusing Ince BEAT Vydra to the Young Player of the Year award along with Zaha.
Now correct me if I am wrong but if Vydra was the best player in the Championship surely that also makes him the best young player?
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