Despite uncertainty surrounding his own contract situation, Charlton Athletic manager Lee Bowyer cannot afford to stand-still in his preparations for the upcoming season, having gained promotion to the Championship via the play-offs.
One player who is bound to be in Bowyer’s thoughts is midfielder Joe Aribo, who is reported to be a target of Celtic and others, as confirmed in the Scottish Sun.
So with all this transfer interest revolving around Joe Aribo, do you think he’ll stay at Charlton next season?
“The longer that Charlton contract offer remains unsigned the more unlikely it is that he’ll be a Charlton player next season.
“With Aston Villa, Celtic and Rangers all reportedly interested it is understandable that he is taking time with his decision. They are all massive clubs and would interest any young player.
“Lee Bowyer could still have a vital role to play in him staying, but the prospect of Premier League football could lure him to Villa.”
“The chances of it would have been boosted by their play-off success, but the fact he has not signed a contract remains a concern.
“He has been linked with a number of big-name clubs and could now view it as the right moment to make a move while his stock is high.
“The uncertainty surrounding Bowyer’s future will not have helped this, and Charlton must tie him down to avoid losing their best players.”
“Sadly, I can see him going.
“It would be great if Lee Bowyer could keep the side that won promotion this season together because they were excellent.
“But that is not the way things work at Charlton and you suspect that the first big offer that comes in will be taken for Aribo.”
“I’m not convinced he does.
“With the clubs being linked, it feels as though there are still bigger opportunities out there for him than this one, where he would likely be battling relegation at Charlton.
“If he was to struggle with The Addicks this season, it could put clubs off this time next year, so he may want to take this chance while he knows it is there.”
“No, sadly not.
“I’d love to think he would. Aribo impressed me last season, significantly.
“He’s got star quality, he’s good on the ball and creative too.
“Teams pay good wages for those attributes, which I think will tempt him away from the Valley.”