Saturday was an amazing game and it showcased what Joe Aribo is all about in front of the sky cameras, but now because of that he will be attracting a lot of attention from clubs higher up the pyramid and with his running out up in the summer this really is something to worry about. If we want to keep players like Aribo, promotion is vital in pursuing new contracts for players on the same performance level as him.
Aribo won man of the match and scored a lovely goal as we beat 4th placed Portsmouth in a fantastic performance by the team as a whole as we swept aside our play-off rivals for the second time this season and matching our 2-1 score line in the previous fixture at Fratton Park.
A very pleased Lee Bowyer spoke with the News Shopper
“I hope he likes me and wants to stay, there’s no rush, your career is not a sprint. He’ll have a 14, 15-year career, which is a long time, don’t go rushing into anything and ruin it. He could go somewhere and end up back in League One after watching football for two years.”
Bowyer obviously wants him to sign on a new deal and why wouldn’t he want him to? He’s a great player and if he has any sense of loyalty which is extremely rare nowadays with the amount of money that’s getting thrown about in the upper leagues, he could become a Charlton legend if he keeps playing the way he is and we have him for at least a few more years, it don’t matter how much time you spend here as a player you can keep an impression on us Charlton fans if you always worked hard for the team and he is going the right way about doing that.
Aribo also had his say on the contract situation talking to the News Shopper
“I don’t get involved in all of that stuff, I leave that to my agent and focus on my football because I’m enjoying it here, under Bows and Jacko I’m learning every day. They both played in my position, so even with timing runs into the box, playing fast football, two touch, I’m learning all the time.”
Not really much we can take from what he said, other than he respects Bowyer and Jackson a lot. He can defiantly learn a lot from them two as they played in a similar position to what he does, and they can give him some great advice going forward.
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