Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen is the latest name to lavish praise on teammate Jordon Ibe, telling reporters for the Daily Mail that the youngster has an exciting future ahead.
The 19-year-old was a surprise inclusion in the Reds’ starting XI for their Merseyside derby at Everton but he put in a performance of maturity and above all real quality.
His display has prompted much acclaim over the weekend - with Steven Gerrard and Brendan Rodgers among others showing their support - and now Joe Allen is the latest to build him up.
“He is an incredible talent. I saw him as a 16-17-year-old a couple of years ago and I thought, 'This guy has everything to go really far',” Allen was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.
“He came in and proved that and with that performance he will be staking a claim in the starting XI. His raw attributes - his pace and power - and his ability to beat people for pace with the ball is frightening at times.
"That, coupled with the hard work he puts in, combined with the experience he has had on loan and getting games, has helped him come back stronger.”
Jordon Ibe’s performance against the Toffees was full of endeavour and quality, reminiscent of a player who has been in the Reds’ starting XI for years – not one on only his second start in five years.
However, there are still major flaws in his game and he was often criticised during his loan spell at Derby County for making the wrong decisions and lacking the nous to see teammates who are better placed.
While he has plenty of time on his side to improve as a player, there have been other talents in the game such as Ravel Morrison and Wilfried Zaha who have struggled to make the step up.
By all means, the Reds should be demonstrating their confidence in Ibe, yet building him up too much could place extra added pressure on his shoulders and prompt an adverse effect on his development.
He undoubtedly has a potentially exciting future in the game, but he is going to need a calm environment and friendly guidance in order to reach a top level on a frequent basis.