Bournemouth fans that have made the trip up to the Football Transfer Tavern from the South Coast today are delighted by the news that their side has had a £15m offer accepted for Liverpool winger, Jordan Ibe.
The 20-year-old has never really made a first team spot his own at Anfield, apart from towards the end of Brendan Rogers’ reign with the club, and it doesn’t look like current manager Jurgen Klopp has any intention of using him as a first team star this season either.
A young and hungry player, Ibe could be a perfect fit for Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth side as they venture into their second season in the Premier League and with many pundits seeing relegation in Bournemouth’s future, maybe a new hero at Dean Court is exactly what’s needed.
The loyal Cherries fans have been in all day at the Football Transfer Tavern, understandably excited about the potential move and here are the THREE reasons they came up with as to why Jordan Ibe would be a perfect fit for Bournemouth.
If nothing else, Jordan Ibe brings a lot of pace to any team he plays for which is something Bournemouth were missing with Matt Ritchie before his departure to Newcastle.
Ritchie was the sort of player who could receive the ball, do a few quick one two’s, cut inside and either shoot or whip a cross in which, in all fairness, worked quite well last season. However Ibe’s ability to take a man on whether he’s out wide as a winger/playmaker or down the centre as a striker is very good, his pace would allow Bournemouth to play a much quicker style of football which again, was something they were missing last season.
A slow and patient build up play can work wonders at times but if you’re trailing by a goal with five minutes to go, patience isn’t what you need, pace and the desire to get forward is.
I don’t think it’s out of the question to call Jordan Ibe a poor man’s Raheem Sterling, it’s not a bad thing. The England U21 possesses all the qualities of the Manchester City winger, pace, skill, he may even have a better first touch than the England star and he comes without the £49m price tag.
The BBC have reported that Eddie Howe and the Cherries have agreed a fee of £15m which, yes is a lot of money for a club like Bournemouth to spend but in this modern age of football, where some championship clubs are spending that sort of money, maybe it isn’t that much.
It’s all relative. For a player of Ibe’s quality, £15m is cheap and I’m sure there will be no regrets if the move does go through.
Desperate for a chance
As I said, Ibe is a poor man’s Raheem Sterling, and whilst that isn’t a bad thing, when they both play for the same club the poor man’s version isn’t going to get the nod.
During Sterling’s time at Liverpool before his big money move to Manchester City, the then 18-year-old’s only performances came in domestic cup competitions which isn’t anything to turn your nose up when you’re trying to break into the first team. Now 20, and not getting any younger, perhaps a move to a smaller club to get guaranteed first team football would be what is best for his career.
Even after Sterling’s move away from Anfield, players like Lallana, Coutinho and Firmino came in and took what little spots there were away. Sooner or later, the attacking midfielder will be moving away from Liverpool in search of first team football, and along with Eddie Howe, the Cherries fans here in the bar will be hoping the South Coast is his destination.
Cherries fans, we want to hear from you! What do you make of the move for Ibe? Is he a good replacement in the wake of Ritchie’s departure? Let us know below…
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