He has been mates with him since their days in the Southampton academy – and Bevis Mugabi says he turned to former Motherwell man Gboly Ariyibi for Fir Park advice.
The Ugandan international has been one of Motherwell’s best performers this season, shining at the back for manager Stephen Robinson.
Having only made 11 appearances last season for the Steelmen, Mugabi has already played in 10 matches this term, with an away trip to Kilmarnock this evening set to be his 11th.
Facing Nicke Kabamba who’s scored four goals in as many games, Mugabi is looking forward to his next Premiership tussle as he opens up on the talks he had with Ariyibi after finding games limited last term.
“Nicke has been in good form for Kilmarnock,” said Mugabi. “He’s a good player, who is very strong and powerful, and he’s a good finisher as well.
“It’s going to be a good test for me playing against him, but it’s one that I’m looking forward to.
“I knew, coming to Motherwell last season, with the way they played, that I was going to need time to adjust and I’d need time to improve my game, and I feel like I’ve been doing that this season, with the coaching staff.
“I’ve come into the team and kept my place, and I feel like I’m getting better and better with every game and all the training work I’ve been doing with the coaches has been paying off.
“Me and Gboly are really good friends from our time at Southampton. I had many conversations with him about the coaching staff and the players that were here and his experience here at Motherwell.
“He only had positive things to say. He said I had to be patient, bide your time and keep working hard in training as your time will come eventually.”