Were Leeds United too quick to release Gboly Ariyibi in 2014?

Chesterfield

The American youth international appears to be finding his feet at Chesterfield.

Leeds United have struggled for wide options all season. After finishing last term with Sam Byram and Charlie Taylor on the wings it was obvious new faces were needed.

Stuart Dallas arrived from Brentford and the Northern Irishman has been a hit.

Jordan Botaka however has struggled to adapt to English football and has barely had a chance. Meanwhile Will Buckley's spell on loan from Sunderland earlier this season was a disaster.

It does beg the question - were Leeds to rash to part with a young American talent in 2014?

The player in question is of course Gboly Ariyibi.

The American youngster joined Leeds from Southampton in 2013 but did not do enough to impress in his year at the club and joined Chesterfield the following summer.

After a stop-start first season with the Spireites the 21-year-old has been far more involved this season. He has played 30 times for the club, scoring once, and is still young enough to improve more.

He is raw and his electric pace is enough to trouble any defender on his day.

He would not have been the difference between Leeds making the play-offs or not. However, he can play from both sides and has pace to burn - something Leeds lack.

Right now he would be a welcome member of the team and perhaps the club should have given him a little more time to prove himself.

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