The Football League Paper - - TFLP - By Chris Bailey

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.”

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