Ince has been connected with Liverpool for months but the deal never quite materialised. Cardiff City came to the table, made a bid which matched Blackpool’s valuation of the player and again, the deal never quite materialised.
He has to be very careful that through his desire to play for a ‘big’ Premier League club, he doesn’t miss out on his chance to dip into the top flight altogether which is a real possibility.
“I have had long chats with dad, as manager and player and father and son - I have proved I can handle myself in the Championship but I don't want to go into the Premier League and struggle,” Ince told the Independent.
That could be a very thinly veiled attempt to suggest that he doesn’t want to go into the Premier League and be connected to a team which could well end up in a relegation dogfight next season.
If that’s the case then it’s a bit harsh on Cardiff who will rightly believe they have a great chance of staying in the Premier League and consolidating as a team in the top division.
Cardiff have already made some sensible additions to their squad this summer and Malky Mackay has shown superb potential and intelligence as a manager to guide the club to their current position.
If he’s holding out for a move to Liverpool then he could well have already missed his chance because Brendan Rodgers’ side have moved on and are making higher quality signings, eradicating the need for someone like Ince.
Liverpool have already made a very conscious effort to tool up in terms of their squad ahead of the new campaign and with further signings to come, they won’t have any need to go after Ince again.
The younger age of Liverpool’s signings means the future of the side is protected for the next few generations of teams meaning the likeliness that Liverpool will be looking for another midfielder in the new few seasons is very slim.
“For whatever reason when I went to Cardiff, I had a gut feeling that it wasn't right. My family is in the north and I'd just become a dad,” he added.
The decision not to join Cardiff seems to have been made out of a mixture of personal and professional thinking.
It would be very difficult for Ince to leave his family at such a young age to go and play football in Wales, but he may have missed a cracking chance to get involved in a very exciting new Premier League side filled with potential.
His decision to not join Cardiff seems to have been made for the right, fair and reasonable reasons but if he is holding out for a big Premier League move, it may never happen.
What do you think? Has Ince missed his chance to join a club like Liverpool?
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