TOM PROVES DOUBTERS WRONG IN STYLE

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

THERE are plenty of peo­ple who are not quite con­vinced about all the hype sur­round­ing Tom Ince, but there weren’t many of those in­side the iPro Sta­dium yes­ter­day.

It’s fair to say that Ince’s ca­reer has be­come a lit­tle no­madic since leav­ing Black­pool just over a year ago.

The son of for­mer Eng­land cap­tain Paul has not quite cut it in the Pre­mier League at Crys­tal Palace and Hull City – not yet at least – while a loan spell at Derby’s East Mid­lands ri­vals Not­ting­ham For­est be­fore Christ­mas was equally un­con­vinc­ing.

But maybe Steve McClaren is the man to fi­nally bring out the best in Ince on a regular ba­sis. The Derby head coach was purring af­ter the game about the winger’s in­stant con­tri­bu­tion and his free kick opener was cer­tainly wor­thy of an­other watch on the big screen.

Ince will protest that he needs a run of games to show his true qual­ity and it will be dif­fi­cult for McClaren to leave him out af­ter this show­ing.

STAR MAN TOM INCE Derby

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