Former Premier League striker Kevin Campbell has reacted to reports linking Nottingham Forest with a move for Rangers star Joe Aribo.
The lowdown: Rising stock
Signed from Charlton as a free agent in 2019 following spells in the English Non-League, Aribo has gone from strength to strength north of the border.
The 25-year-old versatile midfielder has directly contributed to 51 goals in 148 appearances for Rangers and played an integral role in the side that lifted the Scottish Premiership title in 2020/21.
However, now in the final 12 months of a contract in Glasgow (Transfermarkt), it’s been reported that Forest, Crystal Palace and Fulham are among the suitors for Aribo and one pundit has had his say on the potential move to the Midlands…
The latest: Campbell on Aribo
Speaking to Football Insider, former Arsenal man and regular Sky Sports contributor Campbell has suggested that the lure of a move to the City Ground would be difficult to resist for the Nigeria international.
He said: “Joe Aribo has done really well at Rangers. He is one of the main men there. We are talking Premier League football here though. Financially, Rangers cannot compete. That is unfortunately the case. That is the way life is.
“Aribo has gone up there and won his trophies. He’s had that success. Nottingham Forest are a massive draw. It is a beautiful city.
“They have a young, progressive manager who has got the club back in the Premier League for the first time in 23 years. Steve Cooper could develop him and that might entice him. It is an exciting project at Forest.
“With the money we are talking about, I think it might materialise. I think it would turn his head a little.”
The verdict: Make it happen
With the future of Harry Arter almost certainly lying away from the Reds and Cafu a lesser-seen entity under Steve Cooper, Forest are light in the midfield department and signing the £9million valued Gers star would be a shrewd move given the likelihood of a cut-price deal owing to a dwindling contract.
Last season, Aribo was hailed for a ‘phenomenal’ campaign by Vavel journalist Jack Koblitz as he scored nine times and provided ten assists in a mammoth 57 appearances across all competitions, showcasing impressive durability as well as an eye for a goal involvement in the final third.
Overall, Aribo earned a 7.07 Sofascore rating whilst winning 6.4 duels, taking 1.6 shots and making 1.8 key passes on average per game in the Scottish top flight, highlighting a well-rounded game that would be an excellent addition to Cooper’s squad.
Sharing a stylistic likeness with such star names as Marco Reus, Dejan Kulusevski and the highly sought-after Leeds United winger Raphinha (Fbref), the 20-cap Nigerian has even been compared to Yaya Toure for his ‘unique’ blend of quick feet and physical dominance.
We feel he should be regarded as a top priority for the Forest hierarchy and hopefully Campbell’s prediction can come to fruition.
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