When Raheem Sterling swapped Liverpool for Manchester City in the summer of 2015 many Kopites were not worried. Granted, the former QPR trainee shone at Anfield, but the widely-held belief was that Jordon Ibe was just as talented and had more potential than his (slightly) senior team-mate.
However, those thoughts seem a lifetime away now, with the 21-year-old plying his trade at Bournemouth after failing to make the grade under Jurgen Klopp. The Merseysiders sold the pacey wide-man to the Cherries for a whopping £15m last summer, with the English-player-premium a real factor in the deal.
Again, Ibe was expected to flourish with regular game time and the attention of an up-and-coming coach in Eddie Howe, but the story hasn’t had a happy ending just yet…
As the numbers show, Ibe has struggled at the Vitality Stadium, with his 930 minutes of action equating to just over 40% of Bournemouth’s total across the season, which is a concern given that he’s made 19 league appearances (12 starts) in total. The winger’s shot accuracy is also worryingly low at 20% from 15 efforts, while he’s yet to score or make an assist.
There’s talent there in Ibe, but, as things stand, Liverpool got the better end of the £15m deal.