Liverpool starlet Jordon Ibe will be rewarded with a rise to prominence with a bumper new contract that more than quadruples his current deal, according to The Mirror.
Ibe has been a revelation at Anfield over the last six weeks, proving it was the right decision to recall him from a productive loan spell at Derby County.
The 19-year-old has done enough in seven appearances for Reds to convince manager Brendan Rodgers that go from earning £6,000 to £25,000-a-week, on a new long-term agreement that effectively hands him a whopping 416% salary increase.
Liverpool are lucky to have such a talent
Last weekend's 2-0 win at Southampton offered up a prime example of why Ibe's performances have captured the imagination on Merseyside and beyond.
The versatile young winger produced a measured display that featured pace and power going forward plus a sense of positional responsibility when it came to going in the other direction.
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Ibe also on England's radar
That stand-out display has seen the youngster tipped for an England call-up by some, partly to ward off the attention of Nigeria.
Ibe is eligible to play for the Super Eagles thanks to his father, although a call-up to England's under-21 setup by manager Gareth Southgate looks far more likely at this stage.
New contract is justified
On the surface a month of first-team action may look Ibe's new contract look a touch premature, why not wait until the end of the season and let the youngster concentrate on maintaining a consistent level of form?
Rodgers is justified in moving quickly to get Ibe's long-term future sorted though, why take the risk that a player with huge potential could be lured away elsewhere if he feels unwanted?
Liverpool's struggle to get Raheem Sterling's new deal over the line also serves as a further reminder the same can't happen with Ibe in two years time.
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