It was an impressive season for Bournemouth last season. After being favourites for relegation in their first season in the Premier League, the Cherries comfortably stayed up with a 16th place finish.
Things weren’t as good for Jordan Ibe though. The 20-year-old was all set for a breakthrough season after Raheem Sterling left Liverpool, but failed to make an impression under Jurgen Klopp and made just 12 league starts.
The decision to sell Ibe to Bournemouth came as a surprise to a number of Liverpool fans. Having joined the club as a 15-year-old from Wycombe, he was seen as a player with a long term future with the Reds, and this seemed likely after some impressive first games on Merseyside.
A move to the south coast may be of benefit for the youngster however. Eddie Howe has a record of giving young English players a chance in the first team, and after becoming his record signing for £15 million, Ibe looks certain to be given regular first team opportunities in the world’s most competitive league.
Bournemouth also play in a way that suits Ibe’s style. Unlike a number of teams who come from lower leagues, the Cherries don’t play long ball football and miss out the midfield, instead playing a passing game with more technically gifted players.
Ibe is a player who likes to get the ball down and run at defenders, and this was something we saw both Matt Ritchie and Junior Stanislas do for Bournemouth in the 2015/16 campaign. Given that Ritchie has now left the south coast to join Newcastle, you would expect Ibe to have a regular place in the team, something he could thrive from.
It seems clear that the winger has all the attributes needed to succeed at the highest level, and all he needs is time on the pitch to work on these areas of his game, something he will get at Bournemouth.