Ibe broke into the Liverpool first team at the end of last season, and Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is now keen to send the winger out on loan to pick up experience.
He is an exciting player, not unlike Raheem Sterling, a player who came through the QPR youth academy. Released by Charlton Athletic as a 12-year-old, he went on to make his debut for Wycombe Wanderers as a 15-year-old, and at 16 was signed by Liverpool.
He is blessed with pace, a good first touch and excellent dribbling ability.
Rodgers clearly rates the youngster, but is determined not to rush his development. He told Liverpool’s official website: “Young Jordon Ibe, what a talent he is. He’s 17 years of age and he trains up with us in the first-team squad.
“He will need a loan period because he needs to get games, he needs to go and get the environment and get playing. But he’s another one who we really see for the future. But he probably will need a loan period.”
So should QPR have a look at Ibe? In Junior Hoilett and Matt Phillips, Redknapp has two quality wingers, certainly. But after those two there is only really Shaun Wright-Phillips who gives the west London side natural width. Ibe could certainly slot into the side.
Similarly, Rodgers may well consider the improvement that another winger, Andros Townsend, made to his game while on loan at QPR last season. Townsend flourished under Redknapp, and he is now one of the first names on the Spurs team-sheet.
This season Redknapp has already brought in Tom Carroll on loan from Spurs, and the 21-year-old is playing regularly as Rangers fight for promotion to the Premier League.
Were Ibe to join QPR until the end of the season, it is hard to see who would not benefit. Ibe would get game-time which would aid his development, Redknapp would see his forward options increased, and Rodgers would be able to expose one of his most promising young players to regular football.
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