It’s fair to say Gboly Ariyibi hasn’t quite made the impact expected of him since signing for Nottingham Forest in January.
After impressing in the first half of the season in League One with Chesterfield United, Forest beat off interest from a number of Championship rivals to sign the 22-year-old winger, Sky Sports reported.
Two-and-a-half months later, however, Ariyibi has become the City Ground’s forgotten man. He has not played a single minute of football in a Forest shirt and, with Mark Warburton’s side just two points above the drop zone, could find himself back in the third tier before he even gets a chance in the Championship.
Yet, after some promising performances for the club’s Under-23s, Warburton has made it clear that Ariyibi may well earn an opportunity – though there’s emphasis on the ‘earn’.
"I spoke to him and the question for him is, 'why haven't you featured?' Is he not doing enough?," Warburton told the club’s official website. "You want players not to look for excuses, but to find solutions to problems.
"Why are we not playing him? What must he do better? That is what you want. You want players to knock on the door and ask what they must do better to get into the side.
"Train hard every day, do your gym work, look at the analysis – want more. If you do that, you will play. But you have to push. If you do not push, you will not get anywhere. It is nothing personal."
Forest are winless in their last five Championship games and, following a 1-0 defeat to Wolves on Tuesday, are teetering just above the drop zone.
Therefore, Warburton will be hoping that Ariyibi, who also failed to make the grade with Leeds United as a youngster, will suddenly show the club why they signed him and offer some much needed inspiration in the final weeks of the campaign.