Report explains why Bournemouth's Jordon Ibe turned down Derby

Derby County manager \ head coach Phillip Cocu during the Pre-Season Friendly between Derby County v Girona at Pride Park Stadium on July 25, 2019 in Derby, England.

Derby County were allegedly keen to sign £15m Premier League bench-warmer Jordon Ibe from Eddie Howe's Cherries.

Aron Gunnarsson of Cardiff City and Jordan Ibe of Bournemouth during the Premier League match between Cardiff City and AFC Bournemouth at Cardiff City Stadium on February 02, 2019 in...

Derby County were interested in signing Jordon Ibe from Bournemouth during the summer transfer window, according to the Sun (11 August, page 59), but he turned down a potential move to Pride Park.

With the transfer window slamming shut at 5:00pm on Thursday afternoon, it looks like Ibe is set for five months stuck on the sidelines on the South Coast.

The Cherries’ £15 million record signing failed to get off the bench during Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Sheffield United. And with Ryan Fraser and Josh King now joined at the Vitality Stadium by Dutch international Arnaut Danjuma, the perennially underwhelming Ibe is likely to find game time even harder to come by this season.

 

Yet the former Liverpool youngster, who Jurgen Klopp called a ‘brilliant, big talent’ in 2017, finds himself stuck in a rather sticky position.

According to the Sun, Derby were hoping to offer Ibe a fresh start, alongside Championship rivals Middlesbrough, but the 23-year-old decided to fight for his place in the Premier League instead.

Jordon Ibe of Bournemouth during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Tottenham Hotspur at Vitality Stadium on May 4, 2019 in Bournemouth, United Kingdom.

Considering that Phillip Cocu is determined to introduce a more flexible, free-flowing style at Pride Park this season, you have to wonder whether an ideal opportunity has passed Ibe by. After all, Cocu tends to get the best out of the wingers at his disposal with Memphis Depay and Hirving Lozano making huge strides under the Dutchman’s counter-attacking style at PSV Eindhoven.

Instead, Ibe might have just consigned himself to the bench for at least another five months.

Jordon Ibe of Bournemouth during the Girona v AFC Bournemouth pre-season friendly at Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys on July 20, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain.

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