Charlton’s consecutive wins over Portsmouth then Burton have ensured they are in a good place heading into the final stretch of the season in terms of securing promotion to the Championship and Joe Aribo has been crucial to that.
The midfielder scored – brilliantly – in the victory over Pompey while also scooping the man of the match award for his all-round display. Then, just three days later, he put in another solid 90 minutes as his team ran out winners again.
The Addicks are surely keen to keep the 22-year-old tied down for the foreseeable future, with him showing he’s clearly ready to play the second tier or higher, although they will have to get him to sign new terms – the Londoner’s current contract expires in the summer.
Lee Bowyer has spoken about the talented midfielder’s future at The Valley this week, saying:
“Myself and Steve Gallen [head of recruitment] had a good chat with Joe on Thursday. Joe [Aribo] wants to sign and stay.
“It’s just a matter of coming to an agreement with his agent, that’s what it is going to come down to.
“Joe knows this is a good place for him to be. He knows this is a good club. That’s what he said to us – and that he wants to keep learning from us. It’s obvious Joe’s agent has got a job to do, but we just have to keep letting Joe know how important he is to us. It’s also about telling him how important it is for his career that he keeps playing games.
“We need to make an agreement with his agent and we’re trying – we’re trying so hard. If you are asking me, I think he will sign.”
Clearly Aribo is very close to putting pen to paper on a new deal at SE7 but, as is often the case in the modern game, his agent’s demands could prove to be a sticking point.
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After the performance the Addicks star put in at the weekend, Charlton fans will be thrilled to learn that everything is being done to retain Aribo’s services beyond the summer.