Stats analysis - Can Tom Ince be QPR’s new Townsend?

The Blackpool youngster, out of contract this summer, would represent a coup for newly promoted QPR.

When QPR were relegated in 2013, there was one young English player that managed to emerge from the season with his reputation hugely enhanced.

Andros Townsend, on loan from Spurs, had a superb second half to that season having joined Harry Redknapp's side in January. Though the Hoops went down, Redknapp wanted to keep Townsend, but Tottenham had seen enough to know they had a promising young player in the winger.

A fine start to the 2013-14 season saw Townsend get called up to, and subsequently impress for the England squad, and were it not for several injury problems the 22-year-old would likely have been in Brazil for the World Cup this summer.

Tom Ince, like Townsend, is a young English winger with a big future in the game, and having flirted with the possibility of joining the likes of Inter Milan and Monaco this summer, looks set to be heading to Loftus Road after it was confirmed the club were discussing a move with the former Liverpool youngster.

Having had his own impressive loan spell with Crystal Palace this year, we look at the stats both players put forward to see what QPR fans can expect:

  TeamGoalsGoal AssistPassing
Accuracy %
Crossing Accuracy %AppsMins
Thomas Ince Crystal Palace 1 1 69.15 35.71% 8 411
Andros Townsend Spurs 1 0 84.87 18.92% 25 1,225

Even though he only featured 8 times for Palace, playing roughly four and a half games worth of minutes, the ex Blackpool player managed to register a goal and an assist for the Eagles' improving side. He already outperformed England and Spurs winger Townsend, who netted just once all season while failing to provide any assists. The crossing accuracy of Ince is also significantly better than his fellow midfielder - who does boast his own impressive passing accuracy.  

Accuracy %
% Dribble Successmins / Touchesmins / Was FouledAppsMins
Thomas Ince Crystal Palace 33.33% 16.67% 2.25 41.10 8 411
Andros Townsend Spurs 35.71% 56.67% 1.32 42.24 25 1,225

Townsend does impress in this next set of stats though, outperforming Ince's shooting accuracy even though he had 56 shots to Ince's 9. It is easy to criticise the Spurs man's goal ratio, but the fact he found the target so often may make it just a matter of time until those efforts are a foot or two to the side of the goalkeeper. Townsend was also fouled more per minutes than his Palace compatriot, and had outstanding rates of beating his man and getting on the ball.

Ince more than proved at Palace that he has the quality to perform in the Premier League on a regular basis, and QPR may well reap the benefits of signing a player that is more of a conventional crossing winger than Spurs youngster Townsend.

The big bonus for Redknapp is that Ince would cost significantly less than the England man, with any fee due to Blackpool to be decided by a tribunal.

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