Wycombe Wanderers youngster Jordan Ibe is being tipped for the big time by his manager Gary Waddock.

The 15-year-old capped his first start for The Chairboys against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday with his first professional goal for the club.

It had taken just six substitute appearances for Wycombe to stir interest from Liverpool and Manchester United in the forward prior to Saturday's goal, and Waddock says the club want to do all they can to help him reach the top.

"We just want to make sure he goes on and fulfils that potential he's got," Waddock said.

"And possibly, with the talent he's got, he could go and play at the highest level."

 

"If it was a senior player you'd be saying 'what a fantastic goal'," he added.

"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."

It had been reported that Liverpool were leading United for the teen, as both sides look to follow their new-found transfer policy of investing in young players.

Liverpool signed Jordan Henderson and Sebastian Coates during the summer, while United brought in Phil Jones and David De Gea, as well as promoting Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck to their first-team.

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