ARIY­IBI HAS TRI-NA­TIONS AM­BI­TIONS!

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Jamie Holt

THIS time last sea­son Gboly Ariy­ibi couldn’t find a club – but now Ch­ester­field’s USA U20 in­ter­na­tional says he’d be hard-pressed to pick the coun­try to play for!

Born in the USA to Nige­rian par­ents, Ariy­ibi moved to Eng­land aged just two months and so is el­i­gi­ble for USA, Nige­ria and Eng­land.

The winger spent his teenage years with Southamp­ton along­side academy stars Luke Shaw and Callum Cham­bers.

While those two de­fen­sive stars cost a com­bined £46m this sum­mer, Ariy­ibi pitched up at Leeds last De­cem­ber after months in the foot­balling wilder­ness.

Then a move to Ch­ester­field in Au­gust led to his call-up to the USA U20s ear­lier this month.

With such an as­sorted back­ground the 19-year-old says he’s yet to make his mind up if more in­ter­na­tional hon­ours follow.

“I could ac­tu­ally play for USA, Nige­ria or Eng­land,” he said.“I still couldn’t make my mind up who to play for if all three asked me right now!

“My aun­ties live in Vir­ginia and my mum, Olabisi, still goes to visit. I moved to London when I was two months old so I don’t re­mem­ber much of Amer­ica! Then, when I was two, I moved to Ox­ford. My par­ents are Nige­rian, so there’s a big al­le­giance there.”

Ariy­ibi barely had time to set­tle with the Spire­ites be­fore he jet­ted off to Ar­gentina to meet up with the USA age group side.

Straight after Ch­ester­field’s 4-1 Cap­i­tal One Cup sec­ond-round vic­tory over Scun­thorpe on Septem­ber 13, the for­mer Tran­mere loa­nee dashed to the air­port.

“Things at Ch­ester­field have been good so far – they play my style of foot­ball,” added Ariy­ibi, who came off the bench against Ar­gentina in a 1-1 draw.

“The Leeds move just hap­pened. It took me six months to find a club, after be­ing re­leased by Southamp­ton as a sec­ondyear scholar. I was go­ing to give it un­til June be­fore head­ing to Amer­ica.”

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