In an interview with the Daily Star, Charlton legend, Chris Powell, has suggested that Joe Aribo shouldn’t have joined Rangers.
The 49-year-old enjoyed three stints at the Valley as a player, before managing the club between 2011 and 2014.
Asked for his opinion, on Aribo, he praised the midfielder’s ability and style of play. However, he then began to question his decision to turn down other interest and move to Ibrox.
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“I’m led to believe Brentford were quite keen and you look at their set-up, how they develop players and move them on,” said Powell, as quoted by the Daily Star. “I’m quite surprised he’s gone to Scotland…”
“But he’s a good player and perhaps he wanted the experience of European football and playing in a different league which could benefit his career.
“He’s young and I just felt that we should have seen some of him in the Championship. I’m surprised he’s done it and I wanted him to stay at Charlton if I’m honest.”
Powell isn’t the first person connected with the London club to criticise Aribo’s move. His former manager, Lee Bowyer, launched into a ridiculous rant as the transfer went through back in June [Daily Record].
These comments aren’t quite so dismissive, as Powell highlights the draw of European football. Elsewhere in the interview, he also admits that the prospect of working under Steven Gerrard would be appealing.
Yet, to an extent, he’s still disrespectful about the Scottish game. Just like Bowyer, he suggests Brentford may have been a better choice than Rangers, which is baffling to say the least.
Sure, they have a good reputation for developing talent. Yet, realistically, if you have the option between playing in front of 10,000 for a mid-table Championship club or being pushed to compete for trophies by 50,000 at Ibrox, surely it’s a no brainer.
No matter what Powell or Bowyer thinks, Aribo made the right call. He’s already thriving at Rangers and by the looks of things, he’s enjoying every moment, too.