Written by northstandmark
AFC Bournemouth against Blackburn Rovers in the EFL Cup was another performance to raise more questions than answers about Jordon Ibe.
To me it was surprising, and damning to see in comparison how zippy and up to speed Junior Stanislas looked straight back from injury and no preseason.
Ibe in comparison looked off the pace and wavelength of those around him, often choosing the wrong turn or touch or pass. Holding the ball up when the space was there to run.
The penalty he bought, some would say clever, some would say a touch cheating. Knew exactly what he was doing. But stood up and demanded the ball (from both Stanislas and Defoe) and then sent the keeper the wrong way. A touch of the Gradel/Pitman about it but he got the job done.
Then found himself with two good openings late on to win the game, spurned both, one weak powderpuff effort, one skied wide and high.
Also caught out defensively, as we know he’s prone to do. Often leaving his opposite man in acres of space to cross into our box. But we know defending isn’t his game to be fair.
I find him as ever puzzling and frustrating.
How long do we continue hoping? Fraser was a better player when he arrived than Ibe is now. I’ve said many times on this subject….time doesn’t always make great players. Most players Ibe’s age would have run out of time a while ago.
Watch him off the ball like against Blackburn. He is stood back on his heels looking uninterested. Blackburn cleared out the box and he ducked out the way of it. It’s not just his footballing brain it’s his unconscious immediate reaction to things.
If Stan, Fraser and Brooks stay fit he won’t even make the bench. Time to look for football elsewhere. – Join the conversation, click here.