Rangers finally confirmed the signing of Joe Aribo earlier today in a move that would have left his now former boss Lee Bowyer fuming.
Speaking just prior to the midfielder’s arrival at Ibrox, Bowyer told South London News: “[Rangers] that is not the right place for him to go for his football career.
“You have got Rangers and Celtic who are massive clubs, I get that. And I get that Steven Gerrard was a great player, so that’s an attraction. Those two things are the attraction – but not everything else.
“For me he should stay in England and keep progressing,” the Charlton Athletic manager later added. And all things considered, it is not hard to understand where Bowyer is coming from.
Yes, the chance to work under a legend in the game such as Gerrard would be enticing for any young player. Europa League football at Ibrox also gives Rangers more appeal.
However, take into account Charlton’s promotion to a challenging division like the Championship and some of the other teams that were said to be interested in Aribo, and you get the point Bowyer is trying to make.
Multiple Premier League clubs were believed to be keen on the 22-year-old (as per Sky Sports) and might have given him the chance to test himself against the best. Yes, the idea that he’d walk straight into a top English side’s starting XI right away is a little far-fetched, though the Premier League has been littered with stories of talents emerging from the Football League in recent years.
Indeed, with the Premier League boasting all four finalists from the two main UEFA club competitions last season, the top tier of English football is as strong as ever.
Clearly not wanting to be a part of that, Aribo will now be desperate to prove Bowyer and the rest of his critics wrongs as he looks to help Rangers end Celtic’s dominance and do something special in Europe.
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