AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe believes that Jordon Ibe has started to show why the Cherries broke their transfer record to sign him.
Ibe joined the Cherries for a club record £15million fee in July 2016 from Liverpool, where he had made 58 appearances, including 20 Premier League starts.
He had also enjoyed loan spells with Birmingham City and Derby County in the Championship, where he featured against the Cherries for both sides.
Ibe broke through into the Liverpool squad in January 2015 and featured against the Cherries in all three games the sides played during the 2015/16 season.
But ultimately he couldn’t maintain his place, hence why Liverpool were happy to sell.
During his first season on the south coast Ibe struggled, he made 25 Premier League appearances including 13 starts and totalled 1,059 minutes, an average of 42 minutes per appearance. He failed to score or create an assist.
The 2017/18 campaign appears to be Ibe’s break through season for AFC Bournemouth, he has made 28 appearances to date, including 19 starts, totalling 1,772 minutes which boosts his average to 63 minutes per appearance.
But not only is he enjoying more game time, he’s also improved his end product, with 6 assists he is the Cherries leading assists maker.
The 22 year old has also scored twice this season, with goals against Arsenal and West Brom.
Howe told the Daily Echo…
‘Jordon is in a good place. His numbers this season have been good. He has got on the scoresheet a couple of times in big games.
‘His assist numbers have been very high. He is producing the numbers and has shown his promise of last season has developed further.
‘I think if he continues to develop in the future, we will have a very good player on our hands.’
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