With Glasgow Rangers winger Jamie Murphy out for the season due to his long-term-knee injury, should Steven Gerrard seek to replace the wide man?
The Gers boss has to decide before August 31, when the transfer window closes until January 2019.
Murphy started well by scoring another goal and supplying three assists before his injury at Kilmarnock. Rangers will certainly miss him as he scored five goals and laid on ten assists when on loan at the club. His permanent fee of £600K was a bargain.
Could Bournemouth’s Jordon Ibe be the answer on a one-year-loan-deal?
In 2016, the Cherries paid a whopping £15m to Liverpool for the winger’s services after a four-year stint at Anfield. Two years later, he is presently valued by Transfermarkt for £8.1 million.
Things don’t seem to have worked out at Bournemouth for 22-year-old winger. He has scored only twice with eight assists to show for all his endeavours.
He hasn’t featured in the Cherries’ two Premier League games this term, despite an injury to other winger Junior Stanislas. Is the former England Under-21 international now part of Eddie Howe’s regular first team plans or could he revitalise his career at Rangers?
Ibe has an excellent CV
Aged 18 he joined Birmingham City on a three-month-loan-deal with the Championship club and played in 11 games during that short period.
Due to his Birmingham success, in Aug ‘14, Derby County took him on a-season-long-loan. He scored five goals in 24 appearances and was recalled by Liverpool in January 2015.
Ex-Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says Ibe is, “a talented player with a bright footballing brain” who has the versatility to play as a winger on either flank, as a playmaker or as a striker.
Steve McClaren, who managed Ibe during his loan at Derby County, saw him as an exciting player “like the old jinky wingers we used to get in the game”.
Andy Hunter of the Guardian described Ibe as an “individual of impressive pace, power and control”, with threatening performances and he stands out because of his good temperament, intelligence, creativity and directness.
This pedigree and the opportunity for regular appearances under Gerrard, could be exactly what Ibe needs to produce the goods – and help Rangers in their desire for silverware this season.