How Forest may have inadvertently boosted Derby's promotion chances this season

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Hull City's Tom Ince looks much sharper at Derby County than he did at Nottingham Forest earlier in the season.

Nottingham Forest may have done Derby County's promotion bid a favour by sharpening up Tom Ince during his loan spell at the City Ground. 

Ince spent a brief amount of time on loan with Forest earlier in the season, but the move did not work out with the winger failing to find his best form.

The 21-year-old looked short of match sharpness and confidence during his time with the Reds, but it was still a spell which has benefitted him. 

Ince was recalled by Hull City from his Forest loan, but he has headed out again, moving temporarily to Derby, and any rustiness that was in his system appears to have been eradicated. 

The skilfull attacker has been in scintillating form over his first two appearances for the Rams and, just by looking at the stats, it is easy to see just how much he has improved since his spell with Forest. 

  TeamGoalsShots per gameChances created per gameTouches per gameTotal Final Third Passes per gameDribbles per gamePasses per gamePassing AccuracyAppearancesMins Played
Tom Ince Derby 3 5 0.5 56.5 15.5 1.5 32.5 80% 2 180
Tom Ince Forest 0 2 0.83 31.5 7.83 0.5 17 86.27% 6 333

Ince is now taking more shots, beating opponents more often and completing considerably more passes than he was when with Forest and it seems that Derby are reaping the benefits of his earlier move to their Midlands rivals. 

Ince is now set to play a prominent role for Steve McClaren's side, as they gun for promotion, and it is sure to be hurting Forest supporters watching a player who performed so poorly with them looking like such a star for their near neighbours. 

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