Last Updated: Thu, 11 Apr 2013 15:26
Blackpool's Matt Phillips is getting back to the form which saw Southampton bid £5million for him, according to his boss Paul Ince.
The Saints attempted to lure the highly-rated winger to St Mary's when Nigel Adkins was at the helm but had a multi-million swoop rebuffed by the Seasiders as their former boss Ian Holloway wanted him to spearhead a promotion push this season.
However, while Phillips scored 18 goals in Blackpool's run to last year's play-off final, he missed the start of the season before being sidelined by a toe injury.
He has only managed three goals this time around but current boss Ince claims he is getting back to his best form and will be a top-flight player in the future. Whether that will be with the Saints remains to be seen now Mauricio Pochettino is at the St Mary's helm.
"There was obviously a potential move for Matty at the start of the season but he didn't go. I think that knocked him back a little," Ince said. "Then he got injured and it was a case of coming in and trying to pick up the pieces.
"I think you can see in the last couple of games that he's growing more confident, getting more shots off and putting himself in positions where he can score goals. He didn't have the confidence to do that before.
"He will be a Premier League player one day, I believe that. He has all the assets to be a top Premier League player. I've never seen a player strike the ball as well as he does. I think a confident Matty Phillips will play in the Premier League. And he's getting there."
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