Former Charlton boss Russell Slade has placed Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo in the same bracket as England captain Harry Kane.
The veteran manager handed both players debuts at Charlton and Leyton Orient respectively and it is no surprise to him that both players are succeeding.
Slade firmly believes Aribo has some of the same traits as the Tottenham forward and praised the Gers midfielder’s attitude.
Slade is quoted by The Scottish Sun as saying, “I gave Harry Kane his debut at 17 when he was on loan at Leyton Orient and [Ezri] Konsa and Aribo were in the same bracket for me.
“Joe had those exact same traits [as Kane] and that is why I’m not in the least bit surprised he is on the rise.
“There is no point in having talent without the application and attitude, but Joe was never going to fail on that score.”
This is some praise for Aribo but he has been ‘Kane-like’ in his recent form.
After opening the scoring in Rangers’ Europa League first leg against Royal Antwerp he dragged his side to a 4-1 win over Dundee United in the league.
Aribo picked up and goal and an assist against the Tangerines as he was the player who took the game by the scruff of the next after the Light Blues made a poor start to the game.
Kane is often the player to dig Tottenham and England out of sticky situations and Aribo has shown the same attitude to suggest he could be a similar player for us.
Of course, we don’t expect Aribo to be bagging 30 goals a season from midfield but to be mentioned in the same sentence as one of the best footballers on the planet is one hell of a compliment.
By the end of this season Aribo will have one thing Kane doesn’t have though, a trophy.