Ince can see signs of Huddersfield's rise to the Premier League at Luton as boss Jones wants Terriers poor away run to continue

On-loan Stoke attacker discusses his time with the Terriers

By Mike Simmonds
Saturday, 6th February 2021, 10:49 am
Tom Ince celebrates scoring a late winner for Huddersfield against Watford during his time with the Terriers
Tom Ince celebrates scoring a late winner for Huddersfield against Watford during his time with the Terriers

New Town signing Tom Ince believes he can see similarities between the Hatters and his former team Huddersfield Town's rise to the Premier League, ahead of their visit to Kenilworth Road this afternoon.

The 29-year-old moved to the Terriers during the club's brief spell in the top flight, costing £4.75m from Derby County in July 2017 after an excellent stint with the Rams.

He played 33 times in the league for Town, scoring twice, including a last-minute winner over Watford.

Ince left the John Smith’s Stadium at the end of the season though, sold to Stoke City for £10m, a move that hasn’t fully worked out, leading to his arrival at Kenilworth Road for the remainder of the campaign on Monday.

However, he believes that what he witnessed when with the Terriers, is something that he can already feel at Luton, despite just being with the Hatters for a few days saying: "I think Huddersfield are probably a similar situation to Luton.

“When you rise up through the leagues, there’s that character and that hunger, and that’s exactly what it was like when I was there.

“It was a bunch of players who did ever so well, fighting for survival and going on a rollercoaster ride all the way up to the Premier League.

“At those type of places, you feel the character and the mentality and it’s a great place to be, not only just playing football, but the spirit of the group.

"You can really sense that and I get the same feeling here, so it would be good to come up against them but, hopefully, it’ll be a win for us, of course.

“It’s nice to be back playing and back involved again and that is the main thing for me and I’m looking forward to the weekend.”

The Terriers go into the game in wretched form on the road, without a win since October 31, taking two points from a possible 18, scoring just five goals and conceding 18.

They have the second worst away defensive record in the second tier too, as boss Nathan Jones wants that run to be extended today, adding: “I hope their poor away form continues on Saturday but as I said, it’s the Championship, tough games and we have to concentrate on us.

"We have to make sure we maintain the levels that we have, work-rate and so on but be a little bit more clinical, a little bit more creative, a little bit more front-footed at times.

"We’re in a decent place but we have to rubber stamp that place now because what we don’t want to do is for us to lose any ground on those that we want to overhaul.”