Gboly Ariyibi

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Gboly Ariyibi
Personal information
Full name Omogbolahan Gregory Ariyibi[1]
Date of birth (1995-01-18) 18 January 1995 (age 19)
Place of birth West Virginia, United States
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Winger
Youth career
2005–2013 Southampton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2014 Leeds United 2 (0)
2014 Tranmere Rovers (loan) 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:49, 27 March 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16:49, 27 March 2014 (UTC)

Omogbolahan Gregory "Gboly" Ariyibi (born 18 January 1995) is a footballer who last played for English Championship club Leeds United as a Winger comfortable playing on either flank.[2]

Club career[edit]

Born in West Virginia in the USA. Ariyibi started his youth career at Southampton in 2005 after being spotted playing for local side Quarry Rovers.[3] He came through the youth ranks age group with future first team regulars Luke Shaw and James Ward-Prowse.[4] Ariyibi progressed through to the Under 21's team, he was named as one of Southampton's home grown Under 21 players for the 2012–13 season in the official squad list.[5]

After being released by Southampton with Mauricio Pochettino deciding against offering Ariyibi a permanent contract,[6] Ariyibi a client of Full Contact joined several league clubs on trial including Bolton Wanderers.[7] He also joined UKFF FC (UK Football Finder) in the help of enlisting a club.[8]

Leeds United[edit]

In 11 December 2013, Ariyibi signed for Leeds United until the end of the season after a short trial spell.[9][10] Upon signing for Leeds, Leeds manager Brian McDermott described Ariybi as an exciting player, very, very quick. He’s a great lad too.[11] He was awarded squad number 27 and on Boxing Day 2013 he was named as an unused substitute against Blackpool.[12][13]

On 29 December 2013, Ariybi made his Leeds debut coming on as a second half substitute against Nottingham Forest.[14] On 25 March 2014, Ariyibi joined Tranmere Rovers on loan until the end of the season.[15]

On 16 May 2014, Ariyibi was released by Leeds United.[16]

International career[edit]

Ariyibi was born in the USA however is also eligible to play for Nigeria.[17] In 2013, Ariybi proclaimed that he wanted to break into the USA youth setup.[18]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 15 May 2014.
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Leeds United 2013–14[19] Championship 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Tranmere Rovers (loan) 2013–14[19] League One 2 0 0 0 2 0
Career total 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Players under Written Contract Registered Between 01/12/2013 and 31/12/2013" (PDF). The Football League. January 2014. p. 1. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "FC client Gboly Ariyibi signs for Leeds United". Full Contact. 12 December 2013. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Saints U18s 4-2 Man Utd U18s: Report". Southampton FC Official Site. 16 February 2013. Retrieved 16 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "£4m-rated Shaw on show at Sholing?". Daily Echo. 10 July 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "Premier League roll call 2012-2013: Every top flight player from the official squad lists". Daily Mail. 5 September 2012. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "2012/13 Released List". Southampton FC Official Site. 4 June 2013. Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "Leeds United sign ex-Saints trainee Ariyibi". Yorkshire Evening Post. 12 December 2013. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "UKFF's Ariyibi Signs Pro Contract With Leeds Utd". UK Football Finder Football Club. 11 December 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "Leeds United: Gboly Ariyibi signs short-term contract". BBC Sport. 13 December 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  10. ^ "Leeds sign Gboly Ariyibi on a short-term deal". Sky Sports. 13 December 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  11. ^ "New Leeds short-term signing in training today". Yorkshire Evening Post. 13 December 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  12. ^ "Lee Peltier goal seals away point for United...". Leeds United A.F.C. 26 December 2013. Retrieved 26 December 2013. 
  13. ^ "Brian McDermott on Alex Mowatt and Gboly Ariyibi". Leeds United A.F.C. 28 December 2013. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  14. ^ "LATE GOAL STUNS UNITED: United hit by Derbyshire stunner...". Leeds United Official Website. 29 December 2013. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  15. ^ "Leeds United: Gboly Ariyibi joins Tranmere Rovers on loan". BBC Sport. 25 March 2014. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  16. ^ "SEVEN RELEASED BY UNITED". Leeds United AFC. 16 May 2014. 
  17. ^ "Ex-Quarry youngster making his mark at Leeds". Oxford Mail. 8 January 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  18. ^ "95 Yank looking for success in England". O When The Yanks. 23 August 2013. Retrieved 23 August 2013. 
  19. ^ a b "Games played by Gboly Ariyibi in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 

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