It’s a sad day for fans when their football club has to let go of a promising youngster, but Jordon Ibe’s transfer to AFC Bournemouth (according to the bookies at Online Soccer Betting) need not necessarily be all doom & gloom for the Reds faithful.
The young winger had his ups and downs since he was recalled from his loan spell at Derby County back in January 2015. The expectations from Ibe were always high because of his ability to beat his man and dictate play from wide areas. And he did match those expectations to a certain extent, as the club awarded him with a long 5 year contract at the end of the 2014/15 season.
But it all went downhill for Ibe last season. Perhaps the amount of focus he received after Raheem Sterling’s exit was too much to handle. Liverpool waited for Jordon Ibe to flourish all season but it didn’t happen, and it seems the hierarchy at Anfield has given the green signal and agreed on a price with Bournemouth for the sale of the young winger.
A decision which makes sense for all 3 parties involved.
From Liverpool’s perspective
The Reds get a decent price for a player who might have fallen out with Jurgen Klopp. The German definitely preferred using Sheyi Ojo rather than Ibe towards the end of the recently concluded season.
The addition of both buy-back and sell-on clauses in the deal also adds to the charm.
From Ibe’s Perspecive
With Matt Ritchie’s exit to Newcastle, Ibe would be going to a club where the chances of securing first-team football would be much higher than at Liverpool.
From Bournemouth’s perspective
The Cherries are getting a player who would be making a move for all the right reasons. A young, direct player who would sit well with the progressive ethos that Eddie Howe has instilled in the team.