An update has emerged regarding interest from a Premier League club in Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo.
According to Football Insider, Crystal Palace are keeping tabs on the Nigeria international ahead of the January transfer window.
The report claims that the Eagles will be closely following the midfielder’s progress in the coming months as they consider a swoop for him.
Rangers chief Ross Wilson must avoid a January nightmare with Aribo following this update on Palace’s interest in his services.
The 25-year-old has been instrumental in the club’s early-season form, starting all of their league games as they sit top of the Premiership, and Steven Gerrard would surely be left fuming if one of his key players departs midway through the campaign. Losing an instrumental part of the team could disrupt the 41-year-old’s plans and cause issues in midfield during the second half of the season.
Aribo has averaged an excellent SofaScore rating of 7.05 in the Premiership this season, which is higher than Steven Davis, John Lundstram and Glen Kamara have managed. He has averaged 1.8 chances created, 1.3 tackles and 1.6 shots per game, scoring twice and providing one assist.
His former Charlton teammate Ezri Konsa once compared the Gers beast with Manchester City legend Yaya Toure, saying: “Having Gerrard as his manager at Rangers, that has made him go up another level.
“Joe’s style is unique. When I was with him at Charlton he did remind me for a while of a left-footed Yaya Toure. But you don’t get a lot of midfielders like Joe, there aren’t many around.
“Like Toure, for a tall guy he’s got such great feet. But that languid style he’s got is actually fairly unique in the game.”
This is high praise from Konsa and his statistics in the Premiership this term suggest that he deserves the applause, which could be why Palace are now looking at him. It also highlights why Wilson must avoid selling him in January as he has been a terrific performer in midfield and his sale would be a major blow for the Gers, potentially handing Celtic a boost in the title race as the champions would lose a key member of their squad.
Wilson must avoid a nightmare in January in agreeing to listen to offers in the summer, if indeed Aribo is interested in leaving. He must make sure that the Nigerian is at Ibrox for the remainder of the 2021/22 campaign, with next summer offering Rangers plenty of time to find a replacement ahead of the following season.
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