Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson says he’s “hoping to get” Gboly Ariyibi “next season”, with the Nottingham Forest forward impressing on loan. Ariyibi joined Motherwell in January and has gone on to score and create five goals in 15 games in all competitions. Supporters are desperate for Motherwell to sign the 24-year-old this summer, and Robinson is now singing from the same hymn sheet.
He told the Motherwell Times after Motherwell beat Dundee: “I thought Gboly was excellent, especially when we went down to 10 men. It’s the first headers I’ve ever seen him win. He’s a talented boy. We’re hopeful to get him back again next year and progressing his career.” Ariyibi will return to Forest at the end of the season, but he has an uncertain future.
The USA u23 international has yet to make a single appearance for the Reds since joining from Chesterfield in 2017. He’s spent the majority of his time loaned out to other clubs – MK Dons (July 17, 2017 – January 17, 2018), Northampton Town (January 19, 2018 – April 6, 2018), Motherwell (January 7, 2019 – present) – and may not be considered by Martin O’Neill.
With Ben Osborn, Matty Cash and Joe Lolley ahead of him in the pecking order, Ariyibi has a tough task to get into the senior squad. Nevertheless, he’s done everything in his power to impress while out on loan and his efforts haven’t gone unnoticed. Motherwell are currently eighth in the Scottish Premiership.
Whether Ariyibi is willing to spend a full season at Fir Park remains to be seen, but he doesn’t appear to have a future at Forest.