Joe Aribo could be at the centre of a transfer storm this summer if he chooses to reject the new contract presented to him by Charlton.
According to The Sun, the likes of Manchester City, Celtic and Rangers are interested in the midfielder, but Aston Villa are currently his most likely destination.
The 22-year-old has become a key player for Charlton after breaking through in the 2016/17 season. Lee Bowyer has placed a great deal of trust in him and made him central to his plans.
And the manager has been rewarded, Aribo scored ten goals in 39 appearances this season, as well as assisting five. His contribution was vital to Charlton’s third-place finish and subsequent promotion via the play-offs.
As a result, Bowyer is desperate for him to sign a new contract. Aribo certainly has a big decision on his hands, but what choice would be best for him?
Staying at Charlton
Aribo has made great strides at Charlton, particularly under Bowyer who’s brand of football really plays to his strengths. If Charlton had failed to achieve promotion, Aribo would have naturally wanted to move on in order to develop his game further.
However, if he is focused on improving himself to be the best he can be, then remaining at Charlton is the best route to go down. He is comfortable at The Valley, at a club he has been with since a child and playing who fans who adore him.
He would be able to stay in the place he grew up, and his performances would stand-out as a key player for The Addicks. He may be better off being a big fish in a small pond, and he may be of the belief that the grass isn’t always greener.
Moving to Aston Villa, Celtic or Rangers
Signing for any of the above clubs would be a brilliant opportunity for the youngster. He would be in a top-club environment, and could learn from people like Steven Gerrard, Dean Smith and Jack Grealish.
He would be surrounded by better quality players, putting him under pressure to improve his game, which is ideal for a young player as it prevents stagnation. On the flip side he would likely enjoy less game time than if he remained at Charlton, which would hinder his development and potentially his confidence.