Ex-Premier League Winger Spotted Training With Chesterfield

Jordon Ibe has been spotted training with National League side Chesterfield, according to the Derbyshire Times.

In a video posted on Chesterfield’s official twitter account, Ibe can be seen taking part in drills with the rest of the first team. Chesterfield began pre-season training on Monday in Portugal and will be looking for another season where they are in contention for promotion.

The Spireites would finish the 2022/23 National League season in third, and would enjoy a trip to Wembley for the play-off final. They would come agonisingly close to a return to the football league, losing on penalties to Notts County. With both Wrexham and Notts County now out of the division, Chesterfield are overwhelming favourites for promotion in the forthcoming season.

They have already attracted some well-known names to the SMH Group Stadium, but Ibe could potentially be the biggest coup of the lot. The 27-year-old has spoken about his suffering from depression, which has led to him making just one appearance sine 2020 but he may now be making a return to professional football. It is good to see Ibe back in training and that he has got the help that he needs, hopefully he can return to his best, which would be a massive boost if Chesterfield were to sign him.

Who is Jordan Ibe?

Most well-known for his exploits in the Premier League for Liverpool and Bournemouth, Ibe initially began his career with Wycombe Wanderers before joining the Merseyside club as a 16-year-old. Originally joining the under-21s, Ibe became a regular in the matchday squad and would make 41 appearances for the Reds. He would also enjoy loans at both Birmingham City and Derby County during his stay with Liverpool. The Englishman would then become at the time, Bournemouth’s record signing, joining for a £15 million fee. In total, Ibe has 119 Premier League appearances with four goals and ten assists to his name. After leaving Bournemouth in 2020, he would go onto join Derby County and then Adanaspor but would make limited appearances due to mental health reasons. Once one of England’s most highly rated youngsters, the 27-year-old has been without a club since July last year. If he is able to get anywhere near the form that he showed for Liverpool and Bournemouth, then he would be the best player in the National League.

Chesterfield have already been active this transfer window, as their squad goes from strength to strength. They’ve already made some big summer signings in Will Grigg from MK Dons and Tom Naylor from Wigan and Ibe would be yet another big name in the dressing room next season if his trial is successful.

Writer’s view

It would be great to see Ibe back playing football again after all he’s gone through. Chesterfield are an ambitious club and if able to get Ibe to any sort of level that he showed prior to his time away then they’ll have a great player on their hands. They’re my favourites for the title next season as well as many others, and adding Ibe into the mix would only increase the chances of that prediction coming to fruition.

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