Michael Edwards looks to have delivered another masterclass in selling Jordon Ibe for £15 million back in 2016, as he is now struggling to get a game with Derby County in the Championship.
The Liverpool academy graduate would make 58 appearances for the first-team with the Reds, contributing four goals and seven assists, which was enough to convince Bournemouth to pay £15 million for his services back in 2016, in what was a club-record deal at the time.
However, the winger endured a nightmare spell with the Cherries, managing just five goals and nine assists in 92 appearances for the south coast club, which led to him being released on a free transfer during the most recent summer, following their relegation to the Championship.
Jurgen Klopp was very complimentary of Ibe back in 2016 after his performance in a 3-2 defeat against Bournemouth, saying:
“He’s still a brilliant, big talent which is very good for English football. He did well with the pass for the first goal, and the cross for the second. I was very happy. It was a beautiful pass from Jordon Ibe [for Sturridge’s goal]. We had a lot of moments and it’s absolutely exciting.”
Whilst Ibe’s talent was never in doubt, the winger has himself admitted that he “lost passion” for the game and that he struggled with his mental health, which might explain his poor form with Bournemouth.
Hopefully, the £1.8 million-rated winger can rediscover his love for the game, as well as the form that once made him so exciting at Liverpool, but there can be no doubt that Edwards did superbly to get £15 million for his services in 2016 when you consider how his career has sadly declined since then.