'I'd love to play with Gerrard again one day,' says Crystal Palace loanee Ince
The players I’ve looked up to have always been players in the position I play. A big favourite of mine was Rivaldo. Being a left footer myself, he was a perfect example to me - he had such a great left foot that he didn’t really have to do anything with his right.
Did you ever try to be a hard-hitting tackler like your Dad?
I did, but when I went in for tackles I started crying afterwards. So I though I’d best get myself out wide, out of the way and out of danger!
Yeah – it’s never been easy being the son of someone like that, and when I started out there were a lot of people saying ‘you’re only doing this because of who your Dad is’, and that he brought me to Blackpool. But I think over time, from me showing the ability I have, people have stopped that, and it's been a nice feeling for me.
The main one at the minute is Gareth Bale. But also Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi – all of the top players.
What would you say are your strength and weaknesses as a player?
I’ll start with my weaknesses! My right foot. Even when I scored at Wembley (in the 2012 play-off final which Blackpool lost to West Ham) I was shocked it went in with my right, but that shows it’s getting a little bit better. I’ve never been a great header of the ball – probably one of the worst headers of the ball ever, to be fair – I hate it. I close my eyes when I do it, so that’s not great.
Dribbling with the ball, one-on-one. That’s my ideal situation - I like to try and find some space. I’d say scoring goals too, after last year. I never really used to score that many goals until then, but I started becoming a little bit more selfish. Assist wise, though, my rate has always been good. I got the most in the Championship last year. So if I can carry on and better my weaknesses then I’ll be ok.
If you could play alongside anyone, past or present, who would it be?
Probably Diego Maradona. I could just give him the ball and he could score on his own, so I wouldn’t have to run anywhere. Presently, Steven Gerrard. I was lucky to train with him a couple of times when I was at Liverpool. The aura he has about him is just fantastic. As a wide player you like to have someone in midfield who can pick passes out. He’s done that for many years and he’s still doing it now.
I’d have to stay out of his range! I’ve trained with him a couple of times, when he got himself involved. He doesn’t move as fast as he used to, but he’s still got the hard tackling and the mouth’s still going. It’s a strange feeling, but it’s good. He gets the same buzz out of it that I do.