Celtic are waiting on Bournemouth’s final decision before deciding whether or not to make a loan move for their winger Jordon Ibe, according to The Scottish Sun.
What’s the story?
Ibe joined Bournemouth from Liverpool for £16m in 2016. Unfortunately for him, he’s failed to nail down a starting spot in Eddie Howe’s team. Last season, the winger was involved 24 times in all competitions, but he only managed to start nine times.
Ibe, however, has made one appearance this season for the Cherries as he came off the bench during his team’s recent 3-1 home defeat to Manchester City, where he played just 21 minutes. Given his lack of game time, a loan move may help him kick-start his career, and he will hope that regular minutes will come with that.
A good loan move
Neil Lennon has already intimated that he wants five new players before the deadline, with one of those players being a winger. With Scott Sinclair, Marian Shved and Lewis Morgan out of the picture, Ibe would certainly add pace to the Celtic attack. It’s not only his pace that would frighten defences, but he will also be looking to make a similar impact in his first season as Scott Sinclair did when he joined Celtic from Aston Villa – he grabbed 25 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances.
Ibe only managed four goals in his 118 Premier League appearances. But if the move goes ahead, he has the ability and skill to make an impact and be a big player for Celtic this season – the 23-year-old only has to look at his potential teammate Sinclair for inspiration if he makes a move, which would be one that he would relish. Playing in the SPFL and being a big fish in a small pond may suit Ibe and help him rediscover the early promise he had as a youngster at Anfield where he made 58 appearances, scoring four goals before moving to Bournemouth.