Former Bournemouth and Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp has given reasons why he feels that Anglo-Nigerian youngster, Jordon Ibe is better than former teammate Raheem Sterling.
Ibe only recently became the most expensive player ever at Bournemouth as the club broke their club-record transfer fee to bring the 20-year-old to the Vitality Stadium in a £15m deal yesterday.
The England U-21 international signed a four-year contract at the club, and Redknapp believes that Ibe could be a good investment as he foresees him worth twice his transfer fee in just a couple of years provided he does well enough and lives up to his potential.
“I think it’s a great piece of business for Bournemouth. Although it’s a lot of money, when you look at the current climate he is the sort of player who in a couple of years could be worth double that because he’s got fantastic pace and can dribble and shoot,” he told the Bournemouth Echo.
“I’d like to see him add more goals to his game but I think he’ll be a fantastic signing and especially given he will be working with Eddie Howe and Jason Tindall, who get the best out of young players. Bournemouth is a great place to learn and develop and he fits what the club wants. Before you know it, he could be in the England squad.
“I think he has more natural ability than Raheem Sterling. Anything Raheem Sterling struggles with, Jordon Ibe can do. I would hate to play against him with his pace and power. Sometimes when a young player goes to a big club, you can get lost a bit. He was in Raheem Sterling’s shadow when he first got in the team and then had a couple of games where it didn’t really work out. When a new manager comes in and they make their mind up on you, it makes it difficult. He is missing one vital ingredient which he will get in abundance at Bournemouth and that’s confidence. If he gets belief into his game, Bournemouth will have signed an absolute winner.”
Ibe notched up 58 first-team appearances for Liverpool during his stint at Anfield, scoring four goals.