Jordon Ibe has made a strong start to the season under the tutelage of Steve McClaren and has already had a positive impact on results for the Rams.
The 18-year-old made his debut against Derby County’s fierce rivals Nottingham Forest in their first game in September and, although he couldn’t provide the winning goal, he stood out as a class above in the final 14 minutes of the game.
He made his second appearance just three days later when Derby won away against a strong Blackburn Rovers side, arguably putting in their best performance of the season to date.
The next game, however, would prove to be the one that turned Ibe from an impact player from the bench into a regular starter. A frustrating first-half, followed by a sloppy start to the second, saw Cardiff 2-0 up away at Derby despite being under the cosh for the majority of the game. Ibe came on, with the score still 2-0 Cardiff, and helped turn the game around and earn Derby the very least they deserved – a point. Ibe scored the first goal out of the two and played a huge role in creating the space for the equaliser utilising his sharp and direct movement.
Since then, Ibe has been a firm fixture in the Derby side and, aside from a frustrating game against Millwall, has looked every bit of the player Liverpool management and supporters promised. He is an unquestionable talent who looks dangerous both on and off the ball.
We’ve decided to take a look at the youngster’s start to life at Derby, with regards to the numbers crunched, and see just how much of an impact he has already been.
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The statistics certainly show the directness of the talented youngster. In just 253 minutes, Ibe has attempted no less than 26 dribbles – beating his man 13 times – and has had 10 attempts on goal.
To put the amount of dribbles attempted by Ibe into perspective: if he was to play a full season and attempt the same rate of dribbles (one attempted every 7.02 minutes), then over the course of the season, he would attempt roughly 590 take-ons, successfully completing 295. This is a rate that almost doubles dribble master Eden Hazard's haul last season.
Aside from his obvious dribbling ability, he has been a frequent threat in front of goal. He has had 10 scoring attempts in 253 minutes – one every 25.3 minutes – and has also linked up well with his teammates making a good number of passes, with a good success rate too.
A very encouraging start for Ibe who, I’m sure, will grow as the season progresses.