Jordan Ibe: Hot Property

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Seldom do you see a fresh-faced 15 year old boy step onto a football pitch along with a group of adults, readying himself for just another professional outing with nPower League 2 outfit Wycombe Wanderers. But when you do see a player with a similar story and case to Jordan Ibe’s, one must assume that such a youngster possesses quality in abundance to have earned himself a place in the starting XI of any professional club at such a tender age. He also managed to score a goal in a league fixture for the Chairboys in his first and last season with his former club, and in doing so he attracted scouts of big clubs who were informed of his ability.

With such an impressive feat carried out by the attacker at such a young age comes much hype and transfer talk. It was only a matter of time before the starlet was snapped up by one of the big guns, and when Liverpool came a-knocking, Wycombe had little other choice but to see the highly-sought after Englishman up for a reportedly modest fee of around £500,000 (with add-ons) and in due course there was much talk of an exciting career ahead for the pacey wide-forward. The red divide of Merseyside did themselves proud by fighting off competition of other elite clubs such as Tottenham, Manchester United and Arsenal among others in order to obtain Ibe’s signature.

After making a brief 45 minute cameo appearance in Liverpool’s tour of the U.S. last summer, the winger showed why Brendan Rodgers had such faith in him, giving the Toronto FC left-back a tough run out for half of the game. His playing style is similar to another Liverpool player who goes by the name of Raheem Sterling. With bucketloads of pace, a fine touch, nifty footwork and a determined attitude, Ibe ticks plenty of boxes required to be a successful winger at a club like Liverpool.

The youngster’s performances for Liverpool’s youth teams so far this season have suggested that he has the ability to live up to the hype, and the speed merchant has chipped in with his fair share of goals and assists for the U-18s and U-21 sides respectively. Goals against Swindon and Leeds this year have also helped draw more attention to the rising star, and theses finishes in particular showcase his prowess around the box, something which is at times lacking from his employer’s first team.

Not afraid to take on a defender or two, Ibe certainly isn’t short on confidence, and judging by those much-maligned ‘3 minute YouTube clips’ rightly so. If you’re not blessed with a big and bulky frame, some would imply that the Premier League is not for you, as it is regarded as the most physical top division in world football. But numerous players have rubbished this theory, adapting to the league with relative ease although their size might suggest otherwise, Juan Mata, Eden Hazard, Philippe Coutinho and Santi Cazorla to name a few. The Anfield academy’s most promising export since Raheem Sterling could be another diminutive player to beat this stereotype, as his pace and footwork will more than make up for his slight frame.

This short video shows glimpses of the class Ibe posesses. Well worth a watch, some classy goals in there.

Quite recently, Ibe was talking to the Liverpool Echo, and he revealed some particularly interesting information regarding his aspirations as a football, claiming that he has been avidly studying Portuguese world-beater Cristiano Ronaldo.

He told the Liverpool Echo: “Going forward, Alex Inglethorpe has helped me by showing me clips of Cristiano Ronaldo.

“20 of Ronaldo’s goals last season were one touch finishes at the back post. He’s been helping me to get within the frame of the goal and in the six-yard box.

“I haven’t scored a lot of goals this season, I have plenty of assists, but with what Alex is showing me I hope I can score a few more goals towards the end of the season.”

Only time will tell what’s in store for Ibe, and it will be very interesting to see where the winger is in 4 or 5 years time.

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Joe Cole Slams Liverpool in Controversial Interview with The Sun

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Before you even begin to read Joe Cole’s revealing interview with The Sun regarding his thoughts about his unproductive 2-year stint at Liverpool, you should already know that by merely agreeing to taking part in an interview with The Sun, he is already aggravating and almost even disrespecting his former employers and their fans, who pride themselves on their disassociation with the English tabloid paper.

The return of Joe Cole to his boyhood club West Ham has seen somewhat of an upturn in his form as of late, notching up 2 assists and 2 goals for his Premier League club of old.

After leaving Liverpool on a free during the January transfer window, Cole was keen to get started on fresh pastures and with a side he knew he would have a better chance of claiming a starting spot with, something which was rather tough for the inconsistent attacking-midfielder to nail down during his time at Merseyside.

The 31-Year old admitted in an exclusive interview with The Sun that he now regrets joining the English giants, claiming his choice when joining a new club was between two Premier League sides – the high-flying Spurs or under-achievers Liverpool. He opted for the latter, as he felt that he’d be accused of betrayal and disloyalty to Chelsea and West Ham if he were to make the short trip across London.

The ex-England star has now announced that he never really adapted to life at Anfield, struggling to ever nail down a place in the squad on a consistent basis as injuries and poor form prevented him from reaching the fullest of his undoubted potential.

But the Hammers old boy has now broken his silence over his time at Anfield, speaking exclusively to The Sun.

“I can only play for teams that I’m passionate about and I think that’s what went wrong for me at Liverpool.

“I didn’t feel a connection with the club or the place that I had at Chelsea and West Ham.”

This is rather rich coming from Cole, who boldly stated he had signed for the biggest club in England at the time. Although Cole has now gone back on that bold statement, claiming he had been tricked into ‘playing along’ with the interviewer upon his arrival on Merseyside.

“When I joined, the guy interviewing me said ‘you’ve joined the biggest club in the country’ and reeled off the trophies they’d won.”

“I just said ‘yeah, if you put it like that, I suppose you’re right’ and Liverpool used that as the headline to the interview.”

“I didn’t want to upset anyone so I just went along with it. But obviously they’re not the biggest club in the country any more”

While what some of what Cole says may be true, it most certainly won’t sit well with the red contingent of Merseyside as they felt aggrieved by the fact that the under-performing Englishman managed to fleece them of £100,00 a week for a largely-unfruitful 2 year spell at the club.

When quizzed regarding his decision to join Roy Hodgson’s newly-acquainted Liverpool side, he also said that his gut told him to join Harry Redknapp’s then Spurs side, but the London born utility player could not go through with that move as he felt he would be doing himself and his two previous employers an injustice.

“Spurs was probably the best option because they were offering me a five-year deal and it meant I could stay in familiar surroundings.”

“But I just couldn’t do it, I just couldn’t see myself pulling that Spurs shirt over my head.

“With the rivalry between Spurs and West Ham and Chelsea, it felt a bit mercenary.”

I think it’s safe to say that Liverpool supporters will show Cole no mercy if he arrives at Anfield later this year to take on his old side. The flop earned a mind-boggling £100,000 figure weekly with the reds, and he will be subject to a relatively hostile environment if he kits in front of the Kop in the coming weeks.