Taribo West: Etebo Better Than Aribo

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The former Nigeria international defender is not convinced that the Rangers midfielder has the qualities that could fit the African style of football

Ex-Inter Milan ace Taribo West has torn into Joe Aribo, saying the former Charlton Athletic star is yet to come to terms with African football and should not be playing ahead of Oghenekaro Etebo in the Super Eagles.

Aribo made his international bow for Nigeria last year after impressing for Steven Gerrard’s side in the Europa League.

The 22-year-old midfielder, who shunned the chance to play for England, has since scored two goals in four games for Gernot Rohr’s men. Aribo netted on his debut in Nigeria’s 2-2 draw against Ukraine and also in the 1-1 draw against five-time world champions, Brazil.

Nigeria claimed victory in each of the two other games Aribo has featured in for the three-time African champions, but it appears he has not been able to impress everyone with his displays.

While some expect the Gers ace to seal a midfield spot for himself in the national team for many years to come, West believes Getafe star Oghenekaro Etebo should play ahead of Aribo instead.

“I’ve watched Joe Aribo play for Nigeria, but in my view, it’s clear he is yet to come to terms with it,” West told the Daily Record.

“There’s no other way of putting this – I think Joe is not a bad player, but he needs time to adjust to African football.

“It’s not the same as playing in Europe.

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“In Africa, there’s no time on the ball, and for me, Oghenekaro Etebo is a far better option, He’s quick, physical, and reads the game.

“He should get Joe Aribo’s spot when he comes back.

“African football is just too physical for Joe.”

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