Joe Aribo, the Super Eagles midfielder who joined Southampton during the summer transfer window of 2022, is reportedly facing an uncertain future with the club due to changes in management that have limited his playing time. According to reports from Soccernet.ng Southampton was initially hesitant to part ways with the Nigerian international.
Aribo’s journey with Southampton took an unexpected turn as he fell out of favor with the starting lineup under the new manager, Ruben Selles. In a surprising twist, he even found himself representing Southampton’s U-21 team, a stark contrast to his impressive campaign with Rangers FC that led to his transfer.
During the summer transfer window, various clubs, including Turkish side Galatasaray, expressed interest in Aribo. However, his desire to leave Southampton faced an obstacle as the club seemed reluctant to let him go.
This predicament has resulted in Aribo missing out on important matches for Southampton, and since the club’s relegation from the Premier League to the EFL Championship, he has spent more time on the field representing his country than his club.
Aribo’s contract with Southampton is set to expire in 2026, which could present an opportunity for the Hampshire-based club to capitalize on his transfer value. However, the club’s relegation may have increased their reliance on Aribo’s services, further complicating his potential exit.
Despite Southampton’s relegation, Aribo is yet to secure a starting spot under the new management and has not played a single minute since his return from international duty with Nigeria. As the winter transfer window approaches, the player will be eyeing a chance to reestablish himself during the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations, where scouts from various clubs will closely watch African players in action, potentially influencing his future in the transfer market.
The current transfer value of Aribo is estimated at €8 million according to Transfermarkt.