Aribo picks Rangers
I am sure Steven Gerrard had a huge influence on Joe Aribo’s decision to move to the Scottish Premier League with Rangers. If Lee Bowyer improved Joe, then Gerrard will take him to the next level as a footballer, and an athlete.
Yet, it is hard not to shake your head by this move. Short term, okay. Playing under Gerrard, getting regular games, challenging for trophies (again), throw in a bit of Europa Cup. But, the SPL has been as graveyard for many young players, and old, and what happens when Gerrard leaves, or Aribo outgrows that team? Is the SPL the stepping stone, the evolution of a player ready for a move to the EPL?
It doesn’t matter of course. Joe will leave, as we’d long known he would. He has been fantastic to watch. Those long legs unfeasibly winning the ball back in midfield, the storming runs forward with the ball stuck to his boot, the headed goals. That smile. Good luck Joe. #MadeInCharlton.
Both Brighton and Bournemouth came back in late to snatch Aribo from Gerrard’s grasp, ten Championship clubs were interested and Lee Bowyer I am sure put forward a very powerful argument that the best place for Joe was another season in SE7, but the deal apparently is sealed and Aribo will have a medical tomorrow at Ibrox.
Don’t forget Duchatelet had a detrimental role to play. A year ago offering Aribo an improved contract, then rescinding it. Never underplay how that man has done everything to kill the club’s ambition. The Addicks will get just £300,000 with no sell on fee.