Luton boss Nathan Jones believes Stoke City forward Tom Ince will benefit greatly from getting 75 minutes in his first start for the club in Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw against Millwall .
The 29-year-old, who joined Town’s championship rivals until the end of the season on deadline day, had been limited to two replacement outings so far, while missing the trip in his parent club last weekend due to the rules of its move.
Ince’s last start came on Dec. 19 for the Potters, as he fell out of favor at bet365 stadium under Michael O’Neill, starting just two games in total this quarter, playing a full 90 minutes and starring a little over four hours in total.
Against the Lions, he was deployed behind main striker Elijah Adebayo and displayed excellent close control, as he was responsible for some of Town’s best moments, with a kickoff winning a free kick in first half and seeing a shot knocked over the bar by goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski after the break.
He then burst into the box nicely in an attempt to meet Ryan Tunnicliffe’s cross who was eventually returned to the far post by Adebyao as Jones knows the minutes will serve him better, saying: a slightly different position.
“It was a little more unorthodox in terms of playing against the leader, but he gave us a bit of control in his game.
“I was very, very happy with how he did, and he will only get better with time.”