With the brilliance of Ryan Kent right now, and the English winger looking the star of Ibrox and worth every inch these days of the £7.5M fee Rangers spent, one pertinent question arises:
What happens when Joe Aribo returns?
When Aribo is in the zone, and in the 10 slot, his close control, vision, power, strength, and goals are an absolute asset to Rangers, and he was just finding his way, finding his form when injury struck.
Michael Beale confirmed Aribo had been a huge part of what the new system this season was trying to do, and we can only imagine how strong Rangers will be with Ryan Kent frying the left side to a crisp while Joe Aribo destroys them through the middle.
Rangers legend Brian Laudrup described the Nigerian international as the creative spark the club needs, but of course, he wasn’t considering the former Liverpool winger in this.
Both of them, when on their game (and Kent sure is right now), are devastatingly effective players.
Yes, Aribo does blow a little hot and cold, depending whether he’s being once again asked to play the right side of the attacking three, but when his attentions are through the middle, and he’s played there consistently, he’s a real danger.
There’s no escaping how much he adds to Rangers when he gets in tune with the system and plays centrally, but now that he has Ryan Kent’s staggering form alongside him, we can only salivate at the quality Rangers will have up front.
The international break comes at the right time for injury victims like Aribo and indeed Defoe and Itten, because Aribo’s return after it could add a truly excellent level of creativity and goals, on top of the form Rangers already have.
Aribo and Kent.
Not bad at all.