Whilst Ince is a talented young winger, he isn't really what Forest fans were hoping to see. Many have made it clear that the midfield lacks physicality and aggression - something that you need when going through an eight-game winless run.
That has led to Pearce admitting that summer trialist Mikele Leigertwood could earn a contract at the City Ground once he recovers from injury, but a similar kind of player was already at the club.
French midfielder Guy Moussi joined Forest from Angers in 2008, and went on to make 150 appearances for the club in a successful six-year spell in the East Midlands.
Having fallen out of favour last season, Moussi was loaned out to Millwall before Pearce arrived in the summer - and one of his first decisions was to announce that 29-year-old Moussi wouldn't be offered a new contract and would be leaving on a free transfer.
We're now in November, but Moussi finally appears to be gaining some interest. Forest's Championship rivals Birmingham City have taken the powerhouse midfielder on trial, with a view to him joining the club as Gary Rowett's second signing since arriving as manager last week.
Moussi is a big, powerful midfielder who broke up play well during his time at Forest, and that's something that Pearce's men have sorely missed so far this season.
The likes of Robert Tesche, David Vaughan and Henri Lansbury are talented players with the ball at their feet, but none of them are physically imposing.
A move for Leigertwood makes sense, but maybe Pearce had what he needs all along - but could now go up against him if he does sign for Birmingham.