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Matt Ritchie’s excursion to Championship Newcastle means that he will be getting double his money, but we digress.
His exit leaves a very noticeable gap that needs to be filled. From the current squad there isn’t any direct replacement. Perhaps Rhoys Wiggins can step up and show his Premier League credentials (only joking). Junior Stanislas is the most obvious, maybe Max Gradel, Marc Pugh or even Josh King. But none shout yes for Ritchie’s old position.
There is new boy Lys Moussett, but he is not a specialist for the spot. He can play left midfield, right midfield and as as striker. He’s flexible, so again not first chocie for the postition.
So will Jordon Ibe fill the void? He was touted to fill the void left by Raheem Sterling, but after the Euros, that could well be a comparison no player wants. But, this does show how well thought of Ibe is. Is he really that talented? He does fit the bill for an Eddie Howe player. Young, English and plenty of potential, but he doesn’t score a lot of goals. Well not as many a Ritchie.
Is he worth £15m? We don’t think so, but the market dictates (can’t believe tinpot Bournemouth are paying £15m for someone, must be a record) and perhaps Eddie Howe didn’t want to spend weeks negotiating a fee. The Liverpool fans think that at £15m he has to go. Liverpool supporter @DarthPaul_LFC wrote ‘I’d have sold for £5m, so £15m – snap their hands off!’
We think Eddie Howe will find his inner stength and Ibe will prove to be one of the best signings of the season. What do you think?
To get an indpeth insight into Jordon Ibe’s time at Liverpool check out ‘Jordon Ibe: What’s gone wrong and how does he get his place back in the Liverpool squad? by Jack Lusby