AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe believes that the reported fee for record signing Jordon Ibe has affected the former Liverpool winger.
Ibe joined the Cherries for reported club record £15million fee in July 2016, however he failed to impress during his first season on the south coast and dropped below Junior Stanislas, Marc Pugh, Ryan Fraser, Max Gradel and Joshua King for options on either wing.
Ibe played 1,049 Premier League minutes during his first season in the Premier League with the Cherries.
A total which equates to £14,299.33 per minute if he cost in the region of his reported £15million transfer fee.
A tally, which according to Sky Sports doesn’t see Ibe become one of the most expensive signings of the Premier League season based on pounds per minute.
However Lewis Cook, Brad Smith and Lys Mousset all feature in the top 20.
But despite not featuring on that list, his signing is yet to provide the value for money Howe would have hoped for during his first season.
AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe however still believes that Ibe will eventually show his potential with time.
Howe told the Daily Echo…
‘…It has been difficult for Jordon to ignore the transfer fee. Even I have been hit by that many times – and what is reported is inflated by the way – so I can imagine that would have been difficult for him…’
‘…There is an understanding of Lewis Cook’s age and the progression of his career, and there needs to be the same understanding with Jordon – regardless of how much he cost, It does not change anything. He is still a young player trying to reach his potential and, as long as he shows the right appetite for his work every day, he will do that here.
‘If any player shows the right attitude they will get where they want to be.
‘It is not important what someone pays for you. It is important what happens every day in terms of making yourself better and I am sure Jordon will be fine.’
Ibe has simply not been good enough 25 times this season with no performance to forgive even 1 of the 25 poor ones. This isnt a new thread. This isn’t a moaning thread about (Leicester) performance, this is a continuation of a season long issue that he is simply not even close to being good enough for us. – Join the conversation here.
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