Liverpool have made all kinds of noise this year during the summer transfer window that ends in twelve days.
With all the shuffling of names and faces, it is impossible to keep everyone happy, but this new deal seems to do just that.
Liverpool will part ways with Jordan Ibe, but only for the time being, through a loan to another club. Because of the new additions of Lazar Markovic and Adam Lallana, Ibe seemed relegated to U21 games and training time, but not a lot of first-team minutes.
Bolton Wanderers are the favorited side to land the 18-year-old. Bolton Manager, Dougie Freedman, has waited for some time now for the option to land the young star. Freedman went as far as turning down other options and players for the sake of having Ibe join his squad. And because of that, Ibe could be plugged straight into the starting 11 for the Wanderers.
The deal would be a one-year, season-long loan between the two clubs. Those close to the two clubs expect the deal to be finalized, especially with the excitement Freedman has for this young player.
This deal would help Liverpool, because it gets rid of one more player who would potentially get unhappy about playing time. It helps Bolton, which is restructuring the team from top to bottom and looking for new, exciting players that match up with Freedman’s tactics.
Jordan Ibe will benefit greatly from this year away, as well. He could learn a lot from Markovic and Raheem Sterling, but he will be better off with consistent playing time against tough competition.
Many faithful supporters have tabbed Ibe as the next star at Anfield, one who grew up in the system and now aims to shine for Brendan Rodgers. Rodgers has acknowledged his future star’s career path saying, “first team football is absolutely paramount for his development and this year should really help him.”
Ibe, who made the 18-man roster on opening day against Southampton, will open another spot for another player the Reds can count on; or it could possibly lead to another signing as rumors point to either Samuel Eto’o or Radamel Falcao being more Liverpool options. But again, that could help the Reds out, more so now than later.
It will be a sad day to see the “future star” of Liverpool leave for the year, but it will be so much sweeter when he returns in May and he is more prepared to contribute in the following campaigns.