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Jordon Ibe has failed to live up to his star billing at Liverpool

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Jordon Ibe was the 'family man' who had the world at his feet at Liverpool... but with Bournemouth now ready to release him after court appearances and coronavirus outings to the barbers, the winger is at crisis point after failing to fulfill potentialJordon Ibe was spoken about in the same terms as Raheem Sterling at Liverpool He burst on to the scene at Wycombe Wanderers as a 15-year-old schoolboy  However, he failed to hit the heights at Anfield, moving to Bournemouth in 2016He has struggled on the south coast, citing mental health issues for his demiseIbe has been informed that the Cherries will let his contact expire on July 1 Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

Jordon Ibe was supposed to be one of the Premier League's best up and coming talents. Bournemouth certainly thought so when they signed the winger for a then club-record fee of £15million back in 2016.

Instead of fullfilling that early promise shown at Wycombe Wanderers and not quite reached at Liverpool, the 24-year-old has diverted in a different direction, to the extent that club have had enough. 

It was revealed on Thursday that Ibe will not have his contract renewed by the Cherries when it expires on July 1. The decision will curtail his involvement in the end of the season, which looks set to extend well into July due to the disruption caused by the coronavirus.

Winger Jordon Ibe is set to be released by Bournemouth when his contract expires on July 1

The message is clear. Ibe is surplus to requirements at the Vitality Stadium.  

That much has been made clear to the former England Under-21 international, who has been training with the Under-21s at Bournemouth after a string of misdemenours saw the club lose patience with one of their most expensive signings. 

It is not what was expected for a player once expected to fill the void left by none other than Raheem Sterling at Liverpool. 

That reputation was sealed by his rise to prominence at Wycombe, where a superb individual strike in the League Cup against Sheffield Wednesday brought him to the attention of football fans in 2011.

Gary Waddock, Wanderers boss at the time, enthused: 'If it was a senior player, you would be saying what a fantastic goal. He is 15 and to do that on your first start tells you the quality the lad has got.

'We just want to make sure he goes on and fulfils the potential he has got and possibly he could go and play at the highest level.'

Liverpool certainly thought that was the case, signing him up as a 16-year-old just months later.

There, his impact was immediate, marking his debut with the assist for Philippe Coutinho in a 1-0 win over QPR in 2013. 

Ibe signed for Liverpool in 2011, joining from Wycombe Wanderers at the age of just 16

Despite flashes of his brilliance at Anfield, the winger could never nail down a first-team spot

He was emerging at the same time as a certain Raheem Sterling, and when the former QPR youth star forced his move through to Manchester City in 2015, Brendan Rodgers was left in no doubt that he felt he had a replacement ready and waiting. 

One performance against Everton in the Merseyside derbty had the Northern Irishman bristling with excitement, describing the performance as 'brilliant' and stating the youngster was 'only going to get better'. 

Steven Gerrard's thoughts at the time were along a similar line.  

'Jordon was fantastic and was man of the match,' said the Liverpool captain. 'It was a sensational performance from him and he's got a big future.'

That display at Goodison Park saw him hit the post. In a way, it encapsulates his time with the Reds quite aptly - forever the nearly man. 

There were issues off the pitch that began to rear their head during his Anfield stay, a prelude to the problems since encountered at Bournemouth. 

A set of pictures caught him smoking shisha with Sterling on a night out. It was the first sign of trouble from a player who refused to use an agent as a youngster such was his trust in his mum and dad. 

'If I need help, my parents will sort it out,' was what he told The Guardian in 2015. 'My family will always be number one to me, and I trust them implicitly.' 

Eventually, though, Ibe began to find himself being squeezed out of the Liverpool family. 

Competing for places with the likes of Luis Suarez, Roberto Firmino, Divock Origi and Philippe Coutinho was proving tough for Ibe, who made 27 league appearances in his final season at Anfield.  

His move to Bournemouth was meant to propel him into to the position of a regular top-flight starter, but it never proved the case.

His first season proved a massive disappointment, with his 25 displays providing no goals and no assists, though there was the harrowing ordeal of being robbed at knife point in south-east London in November 2016 he had to contend with. 

A £15million move to Bournemouth was meant to kickstart his career, but it failed to do so 

The winger was tipped to go as far as Raheem Sterling, who is now a key player at Man City

There were signs in 2017-18 that he had turned a corner, his first goals for the club coenciding with a smattering of assists, but it proved only a brief reprieve. 

He struggled once again in 2018-19, and this season his performances have been such that a move away looked almost certain in January, with Celtic linked with a move. 

Further problems off the field have magnified his troubles. Ibe appeared in court last December following an incident which saw him drive his white Bentley into a coffee shop, before taking off. He was banned from driving for 16 months and slapped with a £7,500 fine. 

His latest misdemeanour has saw him post a picture of himself visiting a barber during the coronavirus lockdown. He had posted an image of it on Instagram, before taking it down and apologising.

Ibe appeared at Bromley Magistrates Court at the end of 2019, after driving into a coffee shop

Ibe has spoken about his own battles with mental health issues. After being caught driving since his driving ban, he released a statement which read: 'I want to apologise for my recent actions and explain the circumstances around my behaviour.

'I am currently in rehabilitation and hoping with the right help my mental health can improve and I can concentrate on becoming a better person after making poor judgements.

'While banned from driving I have been stopped by the police driving my car and will now face punishment for this error.

'I would like other people suffering from mental health issues to seek help. Health is more important than anything and I am concentrating on getting better before thinking of football.'

Bournemouth had placed Ibe with the youth team to allow him to do just that. 

It can only be hoped that when he gets on top of his health, his return to form - and a chance to fulfil his undoubted talent - will follow.

The 24-year-old has been training with Bournemouth's youth squad after falling out of favour

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