Saturday, 18 February 2017

Ibe is picking up

If there was one slight surprise in the the team line up to start against Man City, it might have been the name of Jordan Ibe. While Eddie likes to change his wingers more than any other part of the team, it as been a while since Jordan forced his way into the starting line up and we just might see him stay there now for the rest of the season.
Ibe is starting to make progress.
Eddie has been more supportive of Jordan Ibe I'd say than any other recent signing. Of course he has the highest transfer fee at the club and while the player has no control over that, Eddie will have wanted his star signing to be an instant success. It hasn't really happened though for Jordan and I'd see this as his second crack at trying to cement his place in the side.

There was much to admire though about his work against Man City. He very nearly stuck away his early chance and I think he needs to do that in one of the games coming up to really break free. Once he has scored and experienced the congratulations of the players and the fans, I think he will start to be more at home. We are always quick to judge players, and I am sure that there is a lot more to come from Jordan Ibe than what we have seen. 

It is frustrating that he has not hit top gear more often, but the way he beat City players and fought to get ahead of defenders was more of what we'd like to see. Against Man City he probably put in one of his best performances with 10 dribbles. He does not yet use his power as much as Josh King does, and I expect he will be a better player when he can start brushing off defenders with more regularity. He has not really got into that many shooting positions yet, but it will just take one to go in for him to encourage him to shoot more often. So I have my hopes raised with Jordan's recent performance and let's see now if he can up it another level in the next game. 

Do you want to own a pair of signed Jack Wilshere's Nike boots?
Well you can if you visit the Givergy website, and bid on the online auction. Givergy is holding the auction to raise funds for St. John Ambulance, the nation’s leading first aid charity. There are some 9 days left to bid!

Congratulations to Harry Arter and his partner Rachel. Rachel had a baby girl called Raine Renne Arter in a London hospital (probably St Marys - Paddington), according to news reports.

In other news
AFCB have been found to have broken anti-doping rules on the whereabouts of players.

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