One of the more peculiar characteristics of English football is its insular nature. Even as legions of foreigners have brought exciting football and the occasional hard to pronounce name to these shores - the traffic going the other way has been less than a trickle and at time not even a drip.
David Beckham made a success of it after a mega-transfer to Real Madrid. Joe Cole and Joey Barton had relatively successful season-long loan spells in France. A few players like Darius Vassell and Scott Carson have spent some time in Turkey. For the most part though English players have stayed at home even as opportunities at English clubs have become rarer.
This lack of English players moving abroad has almost certainly been to the detriment of the English game. Players that move abroad and experience different footballing cultures should be able to become more rounded players. Perhaps even players who are better able to keep the ball.
Reports then that Tom Ince is being linked with a move to ultra-rich Monaco when his contract expires in the summer are a promising development for both player and country.
Realistically, if Ince moves to a Premier League club either now or in the summer it will not be a top club or even higher mid-table club.
Ince would likely go to a WBA or a Cardiff City. Both very fine clubs but he is unlikely to play in Europe for them and certainly not the Champions League. His career would not get the kind of boost it could get from a move to Monaco.
Les Rouge et Blanc sit second in Ligue 1 five points behind PSG. Over the next few seasons they are likely to be challenging for title and enjoying Champions League football. On top of this Ince would join a squad where the many of the players in his position such as Lucas
Ocampos, Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco and Emmanuel Rivière are unlikely to keep him out of the side.
Ince could find himself playing regularly next to the likes of Joao Moutinho and Falcao. Playing and training next to players of that quality could only make Ince into a better player. A player that be a quality inside forward/winger for England.
If the reports of a move to Monaco are true Ince should jump at the chance.
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