Wolverhampton Wanderers: top 30 players - Number 24

The inclusion of Paul Ince sees us following a similar theme to our previous pick, but the former England international was a driving force in midfield.


When Paul Ince was tempted to sign a deal with Wolverhampton Wanderers, it was a huge coup for the Black Country outfit with the midfielder having never played outside of the top flight, but the transfer suited both parties and Ince was able to end his playing days with regular first-team football.


Before his arrival, Wolves had squandered promotion but Ince would have an immediate impact during his first campaign as his leadership in the centre of the park helped Dave Jones's side earn a place in the Premier League via the playoffs. Ince played 37 times as he struck up a partnership with Colin Cameron and Alex Rae, and that would continue in the top flight as Wolves competed against the elite of English football.


However, despite Ince featuring regularly, Wolves would suffered relegation and the 2004-05 campaign was expected to be his last. Glenn Hoddle, who replaced Jones, would identify Ince as one of his key men and he would prolong his career by an extra 12 months, but Wolves couldn't return to the Premier League before his retirement.


Ince's time at Molineux petered out to some extent, but he ended his four-year stint with 12 goals in 131 appearances and the club may not have earned a place in the top flight had he not been involved.

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