In January of last year, Nottingham Forest snapped up American winger Gboly Ariyibi from Chesterfield. The pacey winger was signed for a fee reported by the Nottingham Post to be in the region of £500,000. After impressing in League One, the hope was he could go on and be a star in the Championship for the Tricky Trees.
That has not been the case, and today he received a fresh batch of bad news. The 23-year-old has been out on loan at League One side Northampton Town recently, as he tried to help the Cobblers in their bid for survival.
However, it has been a struggle for him at Sixfields and now his time with the club is over. With Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink sacked and Ariyibi picking up an injury the American talent has been sent back to the City Ground for the rest of the season.
It continues what has been a poor few months for the Forest talent. He started the season by heading out on loan to MK Dons. A good start saw him score six goals in his first 11 games for the club. But he suffered a massive drop in form. In the subsequent 17 games for the Dons, he scored twice, a brace v Oxford United. He soon found himself out of starting contention and, when Marcus Tavernier arrived on loan from Middlesbrough, Ariyibi was sent packing.
His spell with Northampton was not much better, failing to make any real significant impact in his 12 games for the Cobblers.
Nottingham Forest will now undoubtedly be considering his long-term future at the club. Ariyibi has simply not lived up to expectations and, when given a chance on loan, has not grasped his opportunities.
At £500,000 he was not a massive investment and Aitor Karanka will not surprise anyone by sending the American on his way in the summer.