Rowett was the Derby manager who, much to the disappointment of their fans, sold Ince to Huddersfield Town last summer as the 26-year-old winger did not suit the coach's style of play.
But according various reports, Rowett is reportedly very close to reuniting with Ince at Stoke - where the 44-year-old now manages - creating a strong sense of irony about the whole situation.
Ince had a positive season with the Yorkshire Terriers last season, playing 33 times as Huddersfield secured Premier League survival at the first time of asking. And Derby fans have once again questioned Rowett's motives for selling Ince in the first place, especially considering his current desire to team up with him again...
Rowett Sold Ince because he didn’t play him 😂😂😂— Danny 🤙🏻 (@Cookie_5298) July 18, 2018
Tom Ince class at Championship level, however can’t see him being a roaring success under defensive minded Rowett. Rarely likes to track back and if Rowett’s has a similar effect on Ince like he did Lawrence last year he’ll not hit the heights we know he can hit #dcfc #dcfcfans— Stair 35 (@Stair35dcfc) July 19, 2018
Seems a funny choice for Rowett. Ince is not the hard working type winger he would normally go for.— Dan Green (@Lostchamp1) July 19, 2018
I don’t get that deal at all. Rowett didn’t seem to favour him here, and Ince looked frustrated in the few games he did play for us with him in charge.— Ash (@ash_derby) July 20, 2018
Don’t really understand the move tbh, Rowett didn’t particularly seem to like Ince whilst at us and unless Rowett has changed his style of play he won’t suit them.— Matt Lee (@MattLee1884) July 19, 2018
Some Derby fans, however, see a different side to the move, and think that Ince will be a roaring success at Stoke this season....
Stoke take on Derby in the Sky Bet Championship on the 28th November, with Rowett and Ince potentially making their returns to Pride Park on the 13th March 2019.