PLAY WELL TO EARN MOVE, SAYS DAN
DESPITE plenty of interest, winger Gboly Ariyibi’s dream move to the Championship failed to materialise on Wednesday.
And now Chesterfield boss Danny Wilson has challenged the 21-year-old to knuckle down before the transfer window reopens in January.
Championship duo Derby County and Barnsley plus League One side Bradford City had all lodged bids for the USA under-23 international, but failed to meet Chesterfield’s asking price of £2million.
The Spireites would not buckle and Ariybi, in the final year of his contract, is set to remain at the Proact Stadium until January at least.
And Wilson wants to be able to continue to count on Ariyibi.
“If you throw the dummy out and don’t want to play, which I’m not suggesting Gboly will do, there’ll not be many come in for you in January,” said Wilson “What’s the point in sulking? I’d be quite buoyed if that many clubs came in for me, so the bottom line is if he can play as well as we know he can between now and January, there could be another ten suitors waiting.
“So the challenge is down to himself now, he’ll be slightly disappointed but with a great deal to look forward to.
“I’m confident with the kind of character he is that he’ll blast it between now and January and we’ll all benefit from that.” Though Ariyibi’s contract expires at the end of the season, there is no danger he could walk away from the club for free with Chesterfield entitled to a fee due to the player’s age.
And Wilson, therefore, defended the club’s stance not to sell their prized asset in this window.
“We said that if the club didn’t feel the valuation was met then he wouldn’t go anywhere,” Wilson added. “The owner has been brilliant in that respect. He feels that people are trying to pinch him.
“It gives us another three months or so to the next window and he can concentrate solely on playing.
“I feel like that would have been the right decision anyway had Gboly had to make the decision himself. But it was taken out of his hands.
“He might be disappointed which we can understand if he feels he was stepping up a bit, but that’s the nature of football.”
WANTED: Chesterfield winger Gboly Ariyibi