Gboly Ariyibi is Nottingham Forest’s forgotten man, but will he ever get a game in the Championship under Aitor Karanka?
Nottingham Forest have made some head-scratching signings in recent transfer windows, and Gboly Ariyibi is up there with the strangest of them all.
The USA Under-21 international moved to Nottingham Forest for £500,000 in the winter of 2017. But 19 months, no games and two loan spells later, he has been linked with a move to non-league.
According to the Nottingham Post, former club Chesterfield want to re-sign Ariyibi. The 24-year-old left the Proact when they were in League One but, after a couple of dreadful seasons, the Spireites are now 17th in the National League.
Their non-league status means they can sign Ariyibi outside of the transfer window.
According to the Derbyshire Times, the former Leeds United youngster has rejected a return to the Proact in favour of staying at Nottingham Forest. However, with very little chance of game time between now and January, that decision seems rather counter-productive.
All in all, Ariyibi’s move to the City Ground feels like a waste of time. He has never played a game for Forest and does not look likely to any time soon, with a whole host of new players arriving since Aitor Karanka took over at the start of 2018.
Think we can honestly say this lad was a waste of money, probably have to pay him off.
— RobboTheRed (@Robbothered1) September 12, 2018
Why did we ever buy him ? Bemused !
— micky Postles (@forestlad60) September 11, 2018
Did he ever even play?
— Chris (@88RedC) September 11, 2018
We should just sell him, ffs…He’s NEVER going to get a game with us, he’s about the same age as Lam but worse… Guessing no one wanted him in the summer?
— LandFairy RED. (@OeuvrePresents) September 11, 2018
Feel like he’s an urban myth at this point
— Ryan Worthington (@wortho965) September 11, 2018
Who’s decision was it to sign this guy? Why has he never even had a look in despite that good season at L1 level with Chesterfield? seems a strange one…
— shinjay (@shinjay_) September 11, 2018