The 20-year-old winger is regarded by many as one of English football’s brightest young prospects, so his departure from Anfield will have left some Liverpool fans slightly confused.
Bournemouth, on the other hand, will be delighted with the acquisition of the England Under-21 international, who becomes Eddie Howe’s fifth signing of the summer.Embed from Getty Images
“We’re delighted to bring Jordon to the football club,” AFC Bournemouth chief executive Neill Blake said.
“He played plenty of football with Liverpool last season and we’re looking forward to seeing him to continue to grow now with us, he’s a huge prospect.”
Blake is not wrong. Ibe is a huge prospect. He penned a five-year contract at Liverpool as recently as last May and is a player with a really bright future ahead of him.
His growth slowed slightly under Jurgen Klopp last season, as he fell out of form following the German coach’s arrival, but he hasn’t necessarily played his last game in a Liverpool shirt.
The Reds have ensured that as part of the deal with Bournemouth, they retain a buy-back clause for the youngster, as well as a sell-on clause in case Ibe moves elsewhere.
That is a vital piece of information, as Liverpool aren’t simply allowing one of their best young stars to leave without making plans for the future.
A loan move may have made more sense if Ibe remained a key part of the club’s plans moving forward, but at the same time it would have been impossible to turn down the money they have received from Bournemouth for a man who started just 20 of his 41 first-team appearances last term.
Ibe only played 90 minutes in six matches last season. He is a player with a lot of talent, but there were others ahead of him in the pecking order at Anfield.
A move to Bournemouth will give the Wycombe Wanderers academy product the chance to shine on a more regular basis under the guidance of Eddie Howe.Embed from Getty Images
Ibe is a versatile attacking player, but is best deployed as an out-and-out winger on the right side of midfield. Howe’s system at Bournemouth should allow him to play in exactly that role in a team with plenty of pace in the final third.
Cherries supporters will be eagerly anticipating seeing their new man in action once the new season begins next month. But fans on Merseyside will have good reason to keep one eye on the youngsters development, as they may not have seen the last of him yet…
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