Celtic target Jordon Ibe will remain at Bournemouth for the foreseeable future after a potential deal for the player fell through on transfer deadline day.
The Evening Times reported that the Hoops abandoned their interest in signing the 23-year-old winger on loan following the recent loan signing of Mohamed Elyounoussi from Southampton, having initially hoped to bring in Ibe after he fell down the pecking order for the Cherries.
Last week, Football Insider claimed that Ibe had told Bournemouth that he wanted to join Celtic and added that the Scottish champions would have been happy to pay most of his £40,000-a-week wages to make it happen.
Ibe has yet to start a Premier League game for Bournemouth this season but has featured in their last three matches in all competitions, playing the entirety of their penalty shoot-out win over Forest Green in the Carabao Cup last week. [via TransferMarkt.co.uk]
He has also played a combined 47 minutes from the bench in league defeats against Manchester City and Leicester, with a subdued showing against the champions followed by an improved display against the Foxes.
Ibe completed only one pass in 21 minutes in the home defeat to Manchester City and had just eight touches of the ball, but in his 26-minute appearance at Leicester, he succeeded with 13 of his 15 passes and won both of his attempted tackles [via WhoScored].
However, his goal involvements tally remains pitiful for a forward player, with just five goals and nine assists in 91 Bournemouth appearances (0.05 goals and 0.1 assists per game) and a mere three goals and one assist in 24 appearances last season (0.12 goals and 0.04 assists per game).
That was still better than Elyounoussi’s return at Southampton, though, with the Norway winger failing to score or set up a goal in his year at St Mary’s after 23 goals and 30 assists in 84 games for previous club Basel (0.27 goals and 0.36 assists per game).
While Ibe struggles for goals, fellow right winger James Forrest has been in excellent form for Celtic so far this season, with six goals and five assists in 12 games (0.5 goals and 0.42 assists per game) following the derby win over Rangers and scoring in each of Celtic’s last four European matches.
Ibe’s reasonably good statistics in the game against Leicester cannot mask the sparsity of his goal return at Bournemouth, especially when compared with the tallies posted by Celtic wingers Johnson and Forrest already this season.
The Hoops’ squad seems no weaker for not getting the Ibe deal over the line and, if their current wide players can maintain their recent form, goals from the flanks won’t be a problem this season.
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