Ince bemoans foreign influx

Blackpool winger Thomas Ince has spoken of the struggle which young English players face in the Premier League, saying that foreign stars make it difficult to make an impact.

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Thomas Ince: Blackpool winger has bemoaned a lack of Premier League opportunitie

Thomas Ince: Blackpool winger has bemoaned a lack of Premier League opportunitie

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The 21-year old decided to exit Liverpool two years ago following a lack of first-team opportunities at Anfield, opting for a move to Blackpool where he has since excelled, scoring 28 times in his 90 appearances.

Ince has been linked with a move to top-flight clubs on several occasions, but he says that chances of regular football are limited due to the influx of players from abroad.

"It is hard because in the Premier League there are a lot of foreign players, particularly in the top five clubs," he told the Daily Mail.

"It makes it very hard for young English players to break through.

"You can see that with the likes of Tom Carroll going to Queens Park Rangers on loan from Tottenham. Andros Townsend and other good players like Danny Rose had to go out on loan from Tottenham who are having to take a step back.

"A lot of people make rash decisions based on getting into the Premier League too quickly. You have to earn the right to be somewhere. Wherever you go, you are not guaranteed to play football.

"There are a lot of English players out there now at big clubs who aren't playing football. I am happy to be playing in the Championship - people underestimate how good this league is.

"I will know when the time is right to go into the Premier League. When I do, I don't want to be loaned out or be in and out of the team. I have to make sure that I am ready."

Tottenham and Everton were amongst the clubs reporting to be chasing Ince's signature this summer, but he chose to stay at Blackpool where he is guaranteed game time.

"I didn't feel that right now I wanted to move to Tottenham or Everton," he said.

"It is flattering to have that interest in me but it is about playing for Blackpool and enjoying my football."

Ince also admitted that he turned down a move to newly promoted Cardiff City, deciding to stay put because of personal reasons.

"I went down to Cardiff to speak to Malky Mackay and what a guy he is," said Ince.

"They are a strong team, they got a fantastic result against Manchester City and it wasn't to do with any fears that Cardiff might struggle.

"I'm based in the North West, I've just had a little girl so I felt the timing wasn't right to move my family down there."

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