Charlton manager Lee Bowyer has admitted it will be “impossible” for his side to replace Rangers new boy Joe Aribo after his move to Ibrox.
The 22-year-old rejected the offer of a new deal with the Addicks to join Steven Gerrard’s side and fans got their first glimpse of him in competitive action on Tuesday night.
Bowyer insists he’ll have to try to get someone close to Aribo’s ability but concedes that it will beyond the newly-promoted Championship side.
“It’s vital. But to replace Joe, with the budget we have got, is impossible. That’s just a fact,” Bowyer said, as quoted by London News Online.
“We have got to try and get as close as we can to someone with Joe’s qualities and ability as we possibly can.
“We are constantly on the phone and going through videos. We are working like you couldn’t imagine – the only time we are not talking about it is when we are sleeping.”
With a friendly against Marseille on Sunday before the second leg against St. Joseph’s on Thursday, Aribo could get his chance soon.
If he’s half as good as Bowyer makes him appear then Rangers have won a watch with the 22-year-old’s signing.