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Former Rangers player Marcus Gayle has tipped summer signing Joe Aribo to one day play in the Premier League, speaking to radio station talkSPORT.
Aribo was unveiled this week as Steven Gerrard’s latest summer signing, arriving after the expiration of his contract at Charlton Athletic.
Much has been said about his decision to move to the Scottish Premiership, with former manager Lee Bowyer believing it’s the wrong move at this stage of his career.
Gayle though, who worked with the player at non-league side Staines Town in 2014, believes that the midfielder has all the attributes to one day make it to the Premier League and that Rangers is a massive opportunity.
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As quoted by talkSPORT, the former striker said:
“I can see within two or three years, he’ll play in the Premier League, no doubt. He’s got that left foot, he goes past people, he’s creative and he’s a box-to-box player.
“Joe is a rare asset at the moment. He’s got the opportunities to sharpen those skills and tools to further his dream of playing in the top-flight in England.
“Under Steven Gerrard, what he’ll learn is the mentality to win games, the intensity of training day in, day out, dedicating yourself even more than what he’s doing at the moment.
“This kid was playing in front of 150 fans or so and now he’s meeting Steven Gerrard, who’s welcoming him to the club. It’s a brilliant experience for him, he’ll kick on all the way.”
Gayle’s endorsement of Aribo’s move is a fairer reflection of his opportunity than Bowyer’s was earlier this week.
The 22-year-old is likely to have plenty of first-team chances next season and playing alongside experienced Premier League pros such as Steven Davis and Scott Arfield, as well as working under one of the best midfielders to ever play in the division is surely going to improve his game quicker than a Championship struggle with Charlton.
Players such as Stuart Armstrong, Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk, Ryan Fraser and Victor Wanyama are all products of the Scottish Premiership that have gone on to excel in the English top-flight in recent years, so if Aribo shows good enough form then clubs will take notice.
In the process he gets to play for one of the biggest clubs in Britain in front of 50,000 people every second week.