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What next for Gboly Ariyibi as second loan deal this season is cut short?


What next for Gboly Ariyibi as second loan deal this season is cut short?

The American has not made an impact at Nottingham Forest since joining the club.

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.

MK Dons’ Gboly Ariyibi (R) vies for the ball during the EFL (English Football League) Cup football match between Forest Green Rovers and MK Dons at The New Lawn stadium in Nailsworth, western England, on August 8, 2017. Here, fries are “organic”. Welcome to the Forest Green Rovers, proud of being supported by 128 years of history and a nomad president, a reconverted entrepreneur. / AFP PHOTO / GEOFF CADDICK / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY MAXIME MAMET (Photo credit should read GEOFF CADDICK/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 26: Gboly Ariyibi of Milton Keynes Dons attempts to move away from Matt Grimes of Northampton Town during the Sky Bet League One match between Milton Keynes Dons and Northampton Town at StadiumMK on September 26, 2017 in Milton Keynes, England. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

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.


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