Newcastle United are hoping to sign Jordon Ibe on loan from AFC Bournemouth, according to The Northern Echo.
The Magpies are keen to make another attacking acquisition and with Harry Wilson having temporarily joined Bournemouth, he may be hoping that means Ibe will get the go-ahead to leave Vitality Stadium.
Bruce has claimed that Newcastle don’t need to let players leave before incomings can be secured, so this is unlikely to be impacted by the result of whether Jacob Murphy leaves the club before the transfer deadline.
Ibe started nine Premier League games for Bournemouth last season, coming off the bench for 10, scoring once and assisting once, as per WhoScored.
The 23-year-old made 0.5 key passes and 1.4 dribbles per game last season, while he also averaged 0.5 crosses – these are important attributes for a Newcastle winger, as they are signs the player will be able to carve out chances, whether that is by moving the ball themselves or playing it to a teammate in a dangerous position.
The former Liverpool player would be likely to face competition from Christian Atsu for places, as Allan Saint-Maximin will surely be the club’s main winger – as well as one of their biggest attacking influences – having been signed for £16.5m this summer, as reported by BBC Sport.
Atsu started 15 Premier League matches for Newcastle last season, coming off the bench 13 times and scoring once.
The Ghanaian averaged 0.6 key passes, 0.9 dribbles and 0.3 crosses per game throughout the 2018/19 campaign.
Ibe made more key passes and crosses than Atsu last campaign – if he was to recreate that in a Newcastle shirt, it could make him very useful for Bruce, as it may help get the best out of Joelinton, with the Brazilian’s 186cm tall frame helping him get on the end of deliveries, as signified by his 2.3 aerial duels won per game last season.
Ibe could become a useful option for Bruce this season, with his deliveries potentially being a great help for getting the best out of record signing Joelinton.
There could be concern over Ibe’s limited number of starts last campaign, but if he is given sustained game time then perhaps he can be able to find consistency at St. James’ Park, finally realising some of the potential that saw pundits such as Jamie Redknapp claim he was a better footballer than former teammate Raheem Sterling.
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