Many Derby County fans have called on Philip Cocu to include Jordon Ibe in his starting line-up tonight.
The 24-year-old has struggled over the last few seasons to find regular first team football and form, having featured just twice in the Premier League for Bournemouth last term and scored a paltry five goals over the last four campaigns.
Arriving at Pride Park on a two-year contract over the summer, the former Liverpool youngster is yet to make a first team appearance since returning to the Rams and is still working on gaining full fitness.
Despite not featuring for Derby’s first team, the winger – who was once the subject of a £15m transfer and has been hailed by The Guardian‘s Andy Hunter for his pace – was in action for the club’s under-23 side earlier today as they faced Southampton.
Finding the back of the net after just one minute, Ibe’s goal generated a flurry of calls from Derby fans for Cocu to select him for tonight’s grudge match against Nottingham Forest.
Derby fans want Jordon Ibe to feature against Forest
— Derby County (@dcfcofficial) October 23, 2020
Reacting to the former Liverpool and Bournemouth attacker’s strike on Friday afternoon, fans called for him to be included in the East Midlands derby later in the evening.
Below we take a look at some of those tweets from Rams fans…
this is what our first team needs. jordan ibe
— hc💸x (@harriet_dcfc) October 23, 2020
Any chance of us subbing the whole under 23s off and putting the first team on? Could do with this lot tonight
— George (@george4888) October 23, 2020
Sub him now put him on bench tonight please 🤣👍
— karl donnelly (@bango_don) October 23, 2020
Get him off & down the road for later!
— Danny Cox (@danny_cee1979) October 23, 2020
What’s he doing tonight?
— Mitch Handley (@MMMMitchy) October 23, 2020
Not impossible but I doubt it but could come off at half time and be on bench tonight.
— Joe Page (@PaggioRam) October 23, 2020
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