Karl Robinson thinks Joe Aribo has been unlucky to lose his place in the Charlton team.

Aribo, 21, has had to settle for a place on the bench in the Addicks’ last three games after Jake Forster-Caskey recovered from a hamstring injury.

The young midfielder impressed while deputising for Forster-Caskey, scoring three goals in seven league appearances. But he has not started since the win over Walsall last month.

Charlton manager Robinson told News Shopper: “Yeah he was [unlucky to lose his place].

“But if you look at the statistical analysis rather than opinion pieces, Jake Forster-Caskey has been arguably one of our best players in recent weeks.

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“Ahmed Kashi has increased his distance covered and everything we've been asking him to do has got better.

“These are little things that are just part and parcel of the industry. Joe Aribo knows exactly where he stands and how much I think of him.

“Don't forget when I first walked into the building, he was a substitute for the Under-23s. So it’s been a meteoric rise for the young man.

“He’s responded perfectly to being taken out of the team. Every player knows the reason why [they are not in the team] and we always pride ourselves on that.”

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