Paul Ince explains how his son Tom can become as good as Bale

The former England captain felt Hull haven't utilised Thomas Ince as well as they could have, with Derby having benefitted in a loan spell this year.

Former Manchester United and Liverpool midfielder Paul Ince has criticised Hull City for the way in which they have treated his son Thomas, in comments appearing in the Mirror.

The ex-England Under-21 winger signed for the Tigers last summer after a protracted saga deciding which club he would move to.

Having shone at Blackpool, the younger Ince spent time on loan at Crystal Palace last season, before his contract expired at Bloomfield Road.

The hope was that signing with Hull, and linking up with his father's former teammate Steve Bruce, would lead to regular game time in the Premier League and the chance to develop, but that hasn't been the case.

"I'm disappointed in Hull, as in every game he's played he's done well," said former England favourite Paul Ince in quotes in the Mirror. "Instead of playing, he's sitting in my house at 3pm on a Saturday afternoon when his team are playing, which can't be right.

"I've not spoken to Brucey [Hull boss Steve Bruce] yet, but will be speaking to him very soon. If you allow Thomas to express himself, you'll get rewards, as they've seen at Derby.

"He's still got a bit to do, he's a little bit weak and will be a late developer. I remember looking at Bale and he was a little bit skinny, but the next year he bulked up and was outstanding. That's where Thomas is going to be next year."

Thomas Ince impressed during a loan spell at Derby at the end of the season, scoring an excellent 11 goals in 19 games after arriving at Pride Park, while the Tigers have slipped ominously into the relegation zone.

The 23-year-old is a long way off the form of Real Madrid star Gareth Bale, but if Hull do go down, they may have wished that they had employed Ince in their relegation fight given his goalscoring form.

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