With the international break upon us, Rangers and Everton will both have players in action all over the world – and two were playing together today.
Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo and Everton winger Alex Iwobi both lined up for Nigeria, featuring against Brazil in today's meeting in Singapore.
Nigeria took a shock lead against the South Americans, with Rangers ace Aribo opening the scoring before Casemiro rescued a draw for Brazil in the second half.
Nigeria boss Gernot Rohr will be delighted to have picked up a draw against such a strong side, especially as the likes of Roberto Firmino and Neymar were in action.
It's only a friendly, so he won't be getting too excited just yet, but the performance of Aribo will be a major boost for the Super Eagles.
The 23-year-old has now picked up two goals in two games for Nigeria, despite playing in a more withdrawn role today in order to accommodate Iwobi as the number 10.
However, Nigeria fans took to Twitter to slate Iwobi, suggesting that the Everton signing needs to improve dramatically and ultimately be 'very concerned' about losing his place to Aribo.
Aribo has been described as '10 times the player' Iwobi is, and is everything that they wish Iwobi was, with the Everton man taking a battering after Aribo's impressive display.
Joe Aribo is 10 times the player Iwobi is.— Olóyè! (@Ay_bkini) October 13, 2019
That’s how to recover a ball,
Iwobi a ko ma la itan si le bi olosho
Aribo is who Iwobi wakes up everyday pretending to be— cartoons x cereal (@liltunezino) October 13, 2019
Forget Iwobi, Aribo is the real number 10 .— Amadeus (@AmadeusObinna) October 13, 2019
Iwobi is on a retrogressive journey, I pray he finds his hunger to grow. Joe Aribo is a great prospect #BRANGA— King Caba! (@Eazy_Ayo) October 13, 2019
Joe Aribo is good but lack the holding magic of Etebo, maybe he should be pushed to number 10 and displace inconsistent Iwobi— ©Don Bodeskimo™ (@bodeskimo) October 13, 2019
We are lucky to have a player like Joe Aribo. But we should be seeing him behind the striker not Iwobi. Iwobi can take his take-ons to the left wing please.— Ayomikun!! (@olujoshdare) October 13, 2019
I think Iwobi should benched.— Daddy'Deji | Recruiter General of the Federal Rep. (@obadafidii) October 13, 2019
Aribo Ndidi and Etebo should start in the middle.#BRANGA
I will push Aribo forward then Etobo Ndidi behind, Iwobi should come from the bench next time #BRANGA— D (@misturDre) October 13, 2019
I missed Etebo today sha. Combatant General!!!! #BRANGA— adeda (@tosinadeda) October 13, 2019
My favorite midfield is
Enough of Iwobi please.
Iwobi needs to visit the bench for aribo— Efe (@AyamreE) October 13, 2019
Aribo is a 10 bro not a defensive midfielder. Henceforth, Iwobi should be on the bench.— Opeyemi (@Agboyi_boy) October 13, 2019
Good game. We still need to be on a lookout for a better goal keeper. Aribo should replace iwobi at CAM with iwobi taking a spot on the flanks or fighting for the spot.— ➰Nïñô➰ (@Nino_CBK) October 13, 2019
Then we be on the lookfor a better central midfielder to partner Ndidi in midfield, preferably Nwakali #BRANGA
Iwobi is a good player but definitely not a number 10...aribo is better suited for that position, dude should go to the flanks biko. #BRANGA— Nnanna Onwuka (@nnanna_onwuka) October 13, 2019
Now Aribo doing what we expected of Iwobi, he might just keep getting dropped from the starting XI for club and country if he doesn’t step up his game, needs end result game, final passes, assists and/or goals— Adeyinka Mufasa (@Zhikirulahh) October 13, 2019
Iwobi should be very concerned about Aribo's emergence! Semi looks to be locking down that partnership with Troost. Uzoho was solid & Okoye wasn't really tested!— Yinka Tinuade (@YinkaTinuade) October 13, 2019
Awaziem played very well. Quite impressed with the progression. Now we need to start bossing games a la '94 set
I won't be surprised if Nigerians raised no eyebrows when Iwobi fails to make the starting XI anymore. They now see his below average performance as a norm and that baffles a lot. He needs to improve Aribo might take his place if Etebo returns.#BRANGA— OGUN DARE OLUJIMI (@ProudlyOguns) October 13, 2019
Joe Aribo is the number 10 we need now iwobi shuld improve drastically #BRANGA— Abel akpotu (@AbelAkpotu) October 13, 2019
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