Pals sold me on Well move
ARIYIBI TRUSTED ROSS’ ADVICE
Gboly Ariyibi was sold on a move to Well when pals like Aaron Tshibola and Joe Worrall raved about life in Scotland.
And when his old Leeds mate Ross McCormack signed up with the Steelmen it made the decision a no-brainer. The 23 - year - old Amer ican winger signed on loan from Nottingham Forest last week and vowed to help Motherwell climb the league. He’s relieved his decision to snub a move to English nonleague football has paid off with a fresh start in Scotland. Speaking from Motherwell ’s winter training camp in Tenerife, Ariyibi said: “I had the chance to go on loan to Chesterfield in the summer but it was about making sure I got the right move.
“There is no comparison between the National League in England and the Premiership so it paid off to be patient.
“Motherwell are a big club and I’ve got friends who are playing in the Scottish Premiership so it was just the perfect move.
“I know Tshibola at Kilmarnock, Worrall at Rangers, Uche Ikpeazu at Hearts and others who have played in Scotland and said some great things after returning to English football.
“I also know Ross as we were at Leeds United together. He said great things about the manager and the club and I trust him.
“I’m a flair player – I like to take on my man, get crosses in and score goals. I have a lot of confidence to bring to the team.
“The Premiership has grown massively and the profile has been raised with players moving from England and saying great things.”
The former USA youth star wasn’t in the first-team plans at Forest and he’s hoping Well gaffer Stephen Robinson can help get his career back on track.
Ariyibi said: “Football is about opinions and I’d have liked more opportunities at Forest but they didn’t come.
“I’ve tried to get the experience and go on loan to get games which is important for me in my career right now.
“The manager at Motherwell has given me massive confidence and he was a major inf luence in me coming here.
“He’s a good guy and there’s a great group of boys.
“Motherwell should be a lot higher and I’m here to push the boys, add something different and hopefully get them up the table.
“I watch a lot of Scottish football and I’m aware Well reached two cup finals but this is all new to me and it’s a new challenge.
“I’m excited. The boys have all welcomed me well and I just can’t wait to get going, really.
“It’s important for me to pick up my career and get to where I need to be.
“I star ted my career at Southampton and was in the same age group as Luke Shaw, James Ward-Prowse, Calum Chambers and Harrison Reed.
“We all grew up and it was a good set-up. It was a good academy but I didn’t have many dealings with Mauricio Pochettino as I was let go as a second year scholar and worked my way up from there.
“I also played for the USA at underage level.
“Emerson Hyndman (the former Rangers and Hibs loan player) was in the same team as well as Romain Gall who has played for the senior team and is now at Malmo.”
PLAYING PATIENCE Ariyibi took time to pick the right loan move McCORMACK big influence