On Saturday Joe Aribo finally signed on the dotted line and officially became a Southampton player.
We can probably tell you now that while he leaves with our best wishes and blessings, and we have nothing ill to say of the man, he isn’t a player we will miss at all.
Aribo, sadly, never came close to the heights for Rangers, never came close to realising anything like the potential he has, and the truth is he probably held himself back from doing so.
The lad’s stats are quite underwhelming for his position.
In his entire Rangers career, as an attacking midfielder, to manage just 25 assists in 148 matches is deeply disappointing, and that goals was just one more at 26 shows just how little end product Aribo actually had.
His main game, really, was retention in the final third – not assists, not goals, but holding the ball up and indeed stealing it in the last third.
He was absolutely top for these.
But as far as attacking midfielders go, you only have to look at the mostly out of position Ianis Hagi who in 85 appearances, so basically half of Aribo’s, managed only marginally less assists with 21. 15 goals.
For dribbles attempted he was decent, but for dribbles succeeded not so much.
In short, we are quite happy to see Rangers move on from Joe Aribo, and for him to make the next step in his career.
As we said in another entry, he really will have to up his game if he’s to stand out in the PL – he needs to produce a much higher level of end product, because while he has the tools to be top class, he’s a long way off it at the moment.
So yes, we’re quite happy he’s left, not bitterly, not ‘thank God he’s gone’ but he’s not a player we will miss, as long as we have an AM to replace him.
He was far from indispensable, but we do wish him luck in reaching the heights he wants to.
The PL is quite the step up from the SPL!