Jordon Ibe is reportedly in no rush to leave Liverpool for Bournemouth and nor should he be, with Newcastle having shown an interest in his services.
The Cherries will no doubt feel aggrieved by the 20-year-old’s pragmatism in the face of their keenness to make him their club-record signing.
Ibe is also known to be of interest to West Brom and Newcastle, but, on the face of it, neither represent as attractive a destination for the winger.
Tony Pulis’ men have a reputation for resorting to turgid football, hardly likely to enhance his reputation, in their efforts to stay afloat in the top flight, while the Magpies will spend 2016/17 working on their 2/1-rated Championship-title bid.
Bournemouth boast a highly-regarded young manager with a reputation for preaching an attractive brand of the game and, given the amount of money they want to splash on the Englishman, see him as playing a central role next season.
Despite this, there is little doubt that moving to Newcastle would prove most beneficial to Ibe’s career in the long-term.
The opportunity to work with Rafa Benitez on Tyneside alone offers the Wycombe youth product the possibility to grow as a player under a Champions League-winning manager, with a reputation for tactical mastery.
But moving to St James’ Park would also likely afford Ibe the chance to rule a division he had previously shone in during a loan-spell with Derby in 2014/15, which could prove precious after 19 league starts in his last two years at Anfield.
One season spent rampaging through Championship defences as part of a generally-foreseen title tilt would likely see him return to the top-flight in 2017/18, improved in myriad ways:
A scrapbook full of goals and assists gleaned against easier-to-attack second-tier rearguards and associated boost in confidence would be the most conspicuous.
Yet, a Benitez-style tactical education could play just as sizeable a role in the Liverpool man becoming a better player for the step down.