Nottingham Forest’s Gboly Ariyibi enjoyed a decent spell out on loan at Motherwell during the second half of last season. He is unlikely to be part of Martin O’Neil’s plans next season, so with that in mind, should the American contemplate a switch back to Scotland?
Forest signed him for £500,000 back in 2017 but hasn’t made a Championship appearance for them. As it stands though, he is due back at the City Ground for pre-season.
With no game time likely, should an SPFL club swoop for Ariyibi?
Ariyibi is an exciting player to watch
There are a few teams who need a winger this summer. Motherwell would no doubt love to see him back. He added pace and trickery Stephen Robinson’s side desperately needed.
Then there’s Hibs. Paul Heckingbottom’s side lacked pace during the duration of last campaign. Ariyibi certainly has plenty of it and could add a similar pace injection to the Easter Road side like he did at Fir Park.
The American is a right sided winger, something which Hearts don’t have. The Jambos are also lacking in pace overall and are in need of an exciting signing. Ariyibi could be that guy.
It would likely be a loan deal for the American if he were to return to Scotland, especially if it was Motherwell that was his destination. However, with seemingly no future at the City Ground, the Edinburgh rivals may be in a position to table a cut-price deal.
He’ll have interest from down south no doubt, but wherever he goes, Ariyibi will be an exciting addition. If he could add to his end product in front of goal, he could become a special player.
Ariyibi is great to watch and hopefully he returns to Scotland sooner rather than later. He’ll get the game time he needs in the Premiership and it could give him a platform to move on to bigger things.