Rangers central midfielder Joe Aribo has been hitting the headlines with some impressive performances for the club of late.
Against Motherwell, he created an eye-catching six chances and was successful with 100% of his three attempted dribbles. He was able to showcase his quality on the ball and the level of end product he is capable of producing for Steven Gerrard’s side in the Premiership.
Aribo signed for Rangers from League One side Charlton in the summer of 2019 on a free transfer. He was valued by Transfermarkt at £180k at the time of the transfer, which – for context – would place him as the second-lowest valued player in the current first-team squad at Ibrox, only ahead of Andy Firth.
The midfielder has gone on to play 104 competitive matches for the club in just over two years since the move, helping Rangers win the Premiership title last term. In the 2020/21 campaign, Aribo averaged a sublime SofaScore rating of 7.13 in the league, scoring seven goals and assisting four in 31 appearances.
He is now valued at £5.85m by Transfermarkt. This is a whopping 3150% increase on the £180k that he was valued at upon his arrival at Rangers. That is a staggering progression to make in just two yeas at Ibrox, highlighting the genius work Gerrard has been able to do.
Gerrard placed his faith in the Nigerian international and helped him develop into being a key member of Rangers’ starting XI, impressing in midfield with his ball-playing skills.
The Gers head coach has been able to help Aribo fulfill his potential and become a player capable of performing week-in-week-out, with the former Charlton man now being a valuable asset to the Glasgow club.
Not only has Gerrard been able to snap up a bargain in the transfer market to bolster his squad, but he has also been able to oversee a terrific development in the last two years to make Aribo what he is today.
Hopefully, the pair will continue to work well together and Aribo’s value will keep rising as he performs for Rangers this season.