Jordon Ibe, 15, set for highest level, says Wycombe boss
Wycombe forward Jordon Ibe, the club's youngest Football League goalscorer, has been backed to become a Premier League star by his boss Gary Waddock.
The 15-year-old netted in his first senior start on Saturday, a 2-1 loss to Sheffield Wednesday .
"We just want to make sure he goes on and fulfils that potential he's got," Waddock told BBC Three Counties Radio .
"And possibly, with the talent he's got, he could go and play at the highest level."
JORDON IBE FACTFILE
- Born in London on 8 December 1995
- Attracted national attention with eye-catching performances for Wycombe's reserves in the summer of 2011
- He made his senior debut as a substitute in a League Cup tie with Colchester in August
- Handed his first senior start in a 2-1 loss to Sheffield Wednesday in October
- He scores in the game, becoming the youngest Wycombe player to do so since the club entered the Football League in 1993
The Wycombe youth product had already made six substitute appearances for the Chairboys before the visit of the Owls.
But the youngster, who attracted reported attention from Manchester United in the summer , rewarded Waddock's faith in him, scoring in the first half with a superb run and finish, 10 days short of his 16th birthday.
"If it was a senior player you'd be saying 'what a fantastic goal'," the Wycombe boss continued.
"He's 15 and to do that on your debut tells you the quality the lad's got.
"He trains with us and we see the talent he's got every time he's in our training sessions, and why not [start him]?
"I took the age out of it and looked at the player on merit and he deserves his chance. Did he take it? He certainly did."
Ibe's jubilant celebrations were temporarily tarnished when he received a yellow card from referee Chris Sarginson for rushing over to his family, who were in the Adams Park stands.