Could Tom Ince at Liverpool outshine Wilfired Zaha at Manchester United next season?


Zaha has already confirmed a move to Manchester United this summer, and with Liverpool reportedly interested in bringing Ince back to Anfield, who might have the better debut year in the top flight.

If you were a Crystal Palace fan, you would have good reason to question the process behind the Championship player and young player of the year awards. Glenn Murray missed out on the top honour despite netting a faintly ridiculous 29 league goals already this season, and Wilfried Zaha's stellar year was not enough to defend his young player trophy, with Blackpool's Tom Ince picking up the award.

Ince and Zaha might end up pitted against each other again next season, with both set to complete high profile moves this summer. Zaha's switch to Manchester United is already agreed, whilst Ince is likely to return to Anfield to become part of Brendan Rodger's young side. With both shining in the Championship this year, there will be plenty of attention on them as they make the step up to top flight football next season.

Zaha is coming in with the biggest reputation, having already made an appearance for England on the back of his wondrous displays at Selhurst Park. Manchester United could end up paying around £15million for his services, and that brings a pressure all of its own.

Zaha will be coming into a squad hardly short of attacking options, and will have to adjust to not being guaranteed a starting place. Making an impact in short spells of the bench does not come naturally to every player, and having been billed as one of England's greatest young talents, Zaha will be under an incredible amount of scrutiny every time he steps on the pitch.

Ince will face some of this pressure, but not to nearly the same extent. His fee will be lower than Zaha's, and he will be coming into a squad that Brendan Rodgers has set up to maximise the opportunities young players get. Ince is also already familiar with Liverpool, and should be able to settle quickly at Anfield.

With this in mind, there is every chance that Ince could make the better start to life in the Premier League, even if Zaha is the more talented player. In the long run, the Crystal Palace winger might end up fulfilling all the promise he has shown already, and both he and Ince could be stars for years to come, but it will be interesting to see how each react to the step up next season.

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