AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe believes that winger Jordon Ibe will soon add his name to the Cherries scoresheet.
The former England Under 21’s international was the Cherries record signing when he joined from Liverpool for a fee in the region of £15million in July 2016.
He went on to make 25 Premier League appearances totalling 1,059 minutes of football without a single assist or goal during his debut season on the south coast.
This season he has thus far looked more dangerous, he has hit the woodwork and earned four assists during his 20 Premier League appearances thus far, surpassing his game time of last season with 1,213 minutes played.
He’s become a goal threat with a powerful strike of the ball, but is yet to find his first goal since he scored for Liverpool in May 2016.
Howe told the Daily Echo…
‘…I’m so pleased for him (Ibe) because it hasn’t all been plain sailing since he arrived.
‘There was a lot of hype and expectation and he has had to deal with that. But in the past few games, I think we’ve seen him get better and better and his confidence is growing.
‘He has run at people and has shown he has lovely technique off both feet. How he hasn’t scored in these three games, I don’t know, but it will come if he carries on improving his performances like he has done.’
Jordon Ibe for me is one of the most frustrating players in recent history and one thing is very clear – he will continue to be as long as he is a right winger. He can’t cross very well, has poor football intelligence and he struggles to cover and he really doesnt look like he wants to tackle or can tackle……. BUT……. defenders stand off him when he runs at them centrally and he is looking more and more dangerous in around the area. Reminds me sometimes of ‘right winger’ Iturbe.
Either give him a more central free role or we will be having the same debates for the rest of the year and that will get a bit tedious. – Join the conversation here.
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