Signed in the summer of 2019, Rangers have had to be very, very patient of Nigerian international Joe Aribo.
Excellent last night, the big midfielder has shown in glimpses just what he can do, with power, strength and composure on the ball plus an eye for goal – the giant playmaker is chock full of talent and has shown fleetingly at Ibrox just how much he can bring.
The one thing he’s lacked has been consistency, and the seeming ability to really stand out match after match.
Now, we wouldn’t say he is entirely 100% sorted and the best player in the team or anything after last night, but the win v St Johnstone did demonstrate what he can be if he’s focused and in the zone.
He managed 5 fine dribbles, a couple of excellent key passes and his passing level given his position (mostly on the left outside the box) was a brilliant 93% despite being closed down constantly which showed the quality he was able to demonstrate.
However, the most surprising factor about last night wasn’t his display, because we know he has that in him, it was the fact that in only 18 months since joining, Aribo has racked up a staggering 74 appearances.
Won’t lie, it doesn’t feel anything like that, but it’s true. He’s been much more involved than it maybe feels, and his stats?
11 assists and 14 goals. Ok, decent, but not as outstanding as we’d hope, and that’s where the consistency comes in.
We know what he has in his locker, he’s a fine player, but he hasn’t really exploded yet – maybe last night was a flirting with that, because he did have a fine night.
One day we just reckon Aribo will deliver consistently what he did last night, and more.
That’s the player he’s capable of being.