According to The Scottish Sun, Bournemouth are to make a decision on the potential loan move of Jordon Ibe to Celtic in the next few days, with Neil Lennon wanting to sign the player on loan.
The loan market can be a tricky one. It has worked for Celtic in the past, see Patrick Roberts as the best example and Filip Benkovic last season but it can also go wrong, as seen with Charly Musonda.
With that in mind, here we look at TWO reasons why Celtic SHOULDN’T sign Jordon Ibe from Bournemouth.
Ibe won’t get into the starting XI
A quick look at Celtic’s goal scoring record for this season would suggest they are doing pretty well up front. To say this is an understatement is putting it mildly. Fifteen goals in three league games at an average scoreline of 5-1 in their favour. In whatever shape Lennon chooses to go with, Celtic have goals all across their attack.
Indeed, James Forrest has five goals and three assists, Ryan Christie has eight goals and three assists in ten games and Odsonne Edouard has five goals and four assists in his nine appearances so far this season (according to Transfermarkt). To put this into perspective, Ibe has just five goals in 89 appearances for Bournemouth.
The money could be used to strengthen elsewhere
Ibe wouldn’t come cheap. Of course, Celtic are looking to sign him on loan but that doesn’t mean the potential deal will be a cheap one as he currently earns £38,000 p/w at Bournemouth (as per Spotrac). Of course, we’ve already established that Celtic are not shy in scoring goals so, although they need strength in depth, paying big wages for a player who may not even start wouldn’t be good business.
Neil Lennon could look to add more quality to his squad over the next few days, and there’s no doubting Ibe would bring top-level experience and quality to his squad. But, the question is, would it be in the area that Celtic need it?
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