More potential than Zaha and Townsend - Liverpool have England's best young winger

Jordon Ibe

First team football since the age of 15, the former Wycombe man can be the real star of the future for England and has more potential than Manchester United and Tottenham stars.

England have a copious amount of young, skilful and fast wingers coming through in the form of Wilfried Zaha, Andros Townsend, Raheem Sterling, Tom Ince and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain but one man sticks out above the rest for me and that is Jordon Ibe.

The 17-year-old has already featured for the Liverpool first-team side this season, and with rumours that he could be ready to sign a long-term contract and go out on loan to better his future I believe he is ready to make an impact. 

The common complaint of English wingers in the past hasn't been their ability to dazzle but their intelligence in the way they play. 

None of the players above have a problem with going past their man, and getting into positions to create chances but the fact is, not many of them do. 

The young Liverpool star on the other hand separates himself from the rest with his intelligence on the pitch, and the knack of making the correct decision 90% of the time rather than 10%. 

He has the abundance of energy, speed, footwork and explosiveness of his competitors but he is by far the superior when it comes to knowing what to do, and when to do it - this is the difference between the good players, and the great players. 

In comparison to the fore-mentioned players in the title, he looks to have that little bit extra, especially taking his age into account.

Tottenham's Andros Townsend is a superbly talented player. He has the foot speed, the abrasiveness and attacking intent to hurt teams but despite registering the most shots out of any Premier League player this season, he only has one goal to show for it, and no assists. 

Similarly there is Manchester United's Wilfried Zaha, the player that looks similar to Ronaldo when he first moved to Manchester United. He has an big box of tricks and the feet to do them with, but he plays like a kid in the park. He makes a ton of incorrect decisions during games, and last week when given the chance for the England under-21s in their match against Finland, he flopped. The £15 million pound winger was more interested in producing a highlight reel than he was producing a positive contribution and it was frustrating to watch. 

The young Liverpool man didn't have that problem, 23 minutes into his full Premier League debut, he set up Philippe Coutinho to smash home the winner with some slick wing play. The Liverpool winger was also the star man for the reserves side against a Middlesbrough side with several first team players earlier in the month.

He produced a match-winning performance, setting up four goals and destroying the inexperienced full-back, who later tweeted about the ordeal. 

The player is due to turn 18 next month, and could be rewarded with his fine performances in the reserve side with a long-term contract and a loan move to increase his development progression.

Derby County are reportedly front runners for the young star, but could face stiff competition from other sides in the division if they get a sniff of his availability. 

 

image: © Kevin Walsh

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