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Why Tom Ince can drive Derby to promotion

Tom Ince

The 24-year-old Rams star has been in excellent form this season.

Tom Ince has always had a lot to live up to, after his father Paul's sensational career.

One of the biggest struggles youngsters with famous parents have, is in establishing their own identity.

However, the Derby County forward has certainly begun to forge a career on his own merit, rather than be crippled by comparisons to his trophy-laden father. 

Ince's ability was brought to the attention of football fans during his three year stint at Blackpool. He moved from Liverpool in the Summer of 2011, and much was expected of the pacey youngster. He was wanted by a whole host of Premier League clubs but opted for the Tangerines due to the promise of first-team football.

He went on to score 31 goals in 100 league appearances. This allied with his ability to play in any position across the front line attracted interest from some of the league's leading teams, while rumours of Liverpool's interest in re-signing him gathered speed. He ended up moving to Hull City on a free transfer in the Summer of 2014, but the move back-fired as Ince's career stagnated.

Either side of his move to the Tigers were loans spells at Derby and Nottingham Forest, before he eventually joined the Rams at the start of this season for a reported £4.75 million.

It has been at Derby where Ince has got his mojo back, playing a key role in their promotion push. He has bagged 10 goals and notched up five assists in the 36 games he has played. His deadly finishing, and lethal left-foot have been the scourge of opposition defences all season.

It's not just his attacking prowess that has drawn praise either. Former Derby manager Paul Clement was a keen advocate of Ince's work-rate and could not speak highly enough of him, telling Sky Sports:

"I was really pleased with his physical effort off the ball. He is a real team player, and that is an excellent quality to have."

The off-spring of the legendary ex-Manchester United and Liverpool man will be hoping to emulate his father by representing his country one day, and if he can continue to show the form he has in the first half of the season, anything is possible.

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