Joe Aribo

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Joe Aribo
Aribo playing for Rangers in 2021
Personal information
Full name Joseph Oluwaseyi Temitope Ayodele-Aribo[1]
Date of birth (1996-07-21) 21 July 1996 (age 27)[2]
Place of birth Camberwell, England
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[3]
Position(s) Midfielder
Team information
Current team
Southampton
Number 7
Youth career
Kinetic Academy
Staines Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2015 Staines Town 22 (0)
2015–2019 Charlton Athletic 81 (14)
2019–2022 Rangers 92 (18)
2022– Southampton 33 (2)
International career
2019– Nigeria 27 (2)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 22:34, 29 November 2023 (UTC) (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 08:10, 26 November 2023 (UTC)

Joseph Oluwaseyi Temitope Ayodele-Aribo (born 21 July 1996) is a professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for EFL Championship club Southampton and the Nigeria national team.

He began his club career at Staines Town then spent four years with Charlton Athletic in the English Football League. In 2019 he signed for Rangers, where he won the Scottish Premiership in 2021 and the Scottish Cup a year later.

Born and raised in London, Aribo plays for the Nigeria national team, being eligible due to his heritage. He gained his first cap in 2019 and was part of their squad for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

Club career[edit]

Staines Town[edit]

Aribo played for Staines Town under Marcus Gayle in the Isthmian League Premier Division, winning the club's academy player of the year award in April 2014.[4]

Charlton Athletic[edit]

Aribo joined Charlton Athletic in September 2015 following a successful trial, and signed a one-year contract in May 2016.[5] He made his first-team debut as a 62nd-minute substitute for Andrew Crofts in a 2–0 defeat to Crawley Town in an EFL Trophy group stage match at The Valley on 16 October 2016.[6] His EFL League One debut came on 17 December in a 2–0 home loss to Peterborough United as a 70th-minute replacement for Fredrik Ulvestad, and six days later he extended his contract until 2019.[7]

Aribo scored his first career goal on 1 November 2017, the winner in a 3–2 home win over Fulham under-21 in the EFL Trophy group stage.[8] His first league goal on 23 December opened a 1–1 draw with Blackpool at The Valley;[9] he netted four more goals over the season to help the Addicks to sixth place and the playoffs, including two on 2 April 2018 in a 3–1 win against Rotherham United.[10]

Aribo scored in each of the last three games of 2018–19 as Charlton came third, contributing to wins over Scunthorpe United, Gillingham and Rochdale. On 12 May, he then netted in a 2–1 win away to Doncaster Rovers in the first leg of the playoff semi-finals, as his team eventually were promoted.[11]

Rangers[edit]

Aribo was offered a new contract by Charlton at the end of the 2018–19 season,[12] but he instead opted to sign a four-year deal with Scottish Premiership club Rangers.[13] He made his competitive debut for the club on 9 July 2019 in a 4–0 win over St Joseph's of Gibraltar in the Europa League;[14] eight days later in the second leg he scored his first goal to open a 6–0 win at Ibrox.[15] On 25 September, he suffered a head wound from Livingston's Ricki Lamie and was taken off after 20 minutes, receiving 20 stitches and being ruled out for a month; on his return to Almondvale he scored his first league goal in a 2–0 win on 10 November.[16]

Aribo contributed seven goals to Rangers' 2020–21 title-winning season, including two in an 8–0 win over Hamilton Academical on 8 November.[17] In May, he was singled out for praise by manager Steven Gerrard for playing as an emergency left-back due to Borna Barišić's absence in a 3–0 win at Livingston: "That left-back performance is as good as we have seen in my three years that I have been here. So well done to him for parking his ego and doing a fantastic job for his teammates".[18]

In 2021–22, Aribo played 17 Europa League games as Rangers finished runners-up, and he opened the scoring in the 1–1 final draw against Eintracht Frankfurt on 18 May before defeat on penalties. In all competitions, he played 57 games, scored nine goals and assisted 10.[19]

Southampton[edit]

On 9 July 2022, Aribo joined Southampton and signed a four-year contract.[20][21] On 6 August 2022, Aribo made his Premier League debut in Southampton’s 4–1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.[22] A week later, Aribo scored his first goal for Southampton in their 2–2 draw against Leeds United.[23]

International career[edit]

In August 2019, Aribo was called up by Nigeria manager Gernot Rohr for a friendly away to Ukraine.[24] He made his debut in the game in Dnipro on 10 September, and scored in the fourth minute of the 2–2 draw.[25] On 13 October, he scored the Green Eagles' goal in a friendly draw with Brazil in Singapore.[26]

At the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, Aribo played two group-stage wins and the 1–0 last-16 elimination by Tunisia.[27]

Style of play[edit]

Aribo is a versatile player who can play centrally or in a wide midfield role. Technically proficient, he is able to use his long legs to shield the ball from opponents effectively. Speaking in October 2016, he said that his strengths were "driving with the ball and getting up the pitch".[28]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 29 November 2023
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Staines Town[a] 2014–15[29][30] Conference South 22 0 2 0 1[b] 0 25 0
Charlton Athletic 2015–16[31] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016–17[32] League One 19 0 1 0 0 0 2[c] 0 22 0
2017–18[33] League One 26 5 1 0 2 0 7[d] 1 36 6
2018–19[34] League One 36 9 0 0 0 0 3[e] 1 39 10
Total 81 14 2 0 2 0 12 2 97 16
Rangers 2019–20[35] Scottish Premiership 27 3 3 1 4 1 15[f] 4 49 9
2020–21[36] Scottish Premiership 31 7 2 0 1 0 9[g] 1 43 8
2021–22[37] Scottish Premiership 34 8 2 0 3 0 18[h] 1 57 9
Total 92 18 7 1 8 1 42 6 149 26
Southampton 2022–23[38] Premier League 21 2 3 0 3 0 27 2
2023–24[39] Championship 12 0 0 0 1 0 13 0
Total 33 2 3 0 4 0 40 2
Career total 228 34 14 1 14 1 55 8 311 44
  1. ^ Can't obtain data for the FA Cup third qualifying round replay and FA Trophy third qualifying round.
  2. ^ One appearance in FA Trophy
  3. ^ Two appearances in EFL Trophy
  4. ^ Five appearances in EFL Trophy, two appearances in League One play-offs
  5. ^ Three appearances in League One play-offs
  6. ^ Fifteen appearances in UEFA Europa League
  7. ^ Nine appearances in UEFA Europa League
  8. ^ One appearance in UEFA Champions League, seventeen appearances in UEFA Europa League

International[edit]

As of match played 19 November 2023[40]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Nigeria 2019 4 2
2020 2 0
2021 6 0
2022 9 0
2023 6 0
Total 27 2
Scores and results list Nigeria's goal tally first.[40]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 10 September 2019 Dnipro-Arena, Dnipro, Ukraine 1  Ukraine 1–0 2–2 Friendly
2 13 October 2019 National Stadium, Kallang, Singapore 2  Brazil 1–0 1–1 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Charlton Athletic

Rangers

Individual

References[edit]

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