Spireites coaches working to make Ariyibi more complete player
Chris Morgan has revealed the work he and the management team at Chesterfield have put in to help Gboly Ariyibi became a more complete player.
The young wing wizard, who has claimed three assists and a goal in his last two outings, can offer Chesterfield more than just trickery and speed, says the club’s assistant manager.
But the Spireites coaches are keen to ensure they don’t put any restraints on the American’s attacking prowess.
Morgan explained: “Gboly is a typical winger.
“At times, if you struggle to get the ball to him in the right areas, wingers can struggle to stamp their authority on the game.
“If we get him the ball in the right areas and he can do what he’s good at, he’s a threat to anyone.
“He’s young, quick, he’s got a trick.
“What we don’t want to do is take away from Gboly’s outstanding qualities, his pace, trickery and directness.
“As a group of staff and certainly the players, we’ve got to play to his strengths.”
Morgan wants to augment Ariyibi’s all round game by helping him be effective in defence as well as attack.
But he also wants to make it clear that management don’t expect miracles from the 21-year-old.
He said: “He can play on the left and right hand side with a certain amount of discipline as well.
“It’s not just what he does with the ball, but what he does for the team when he doesn’t have the ball as well.
“He’s still young. We’re not stupid, he’s not going to be a match winner every game, but can he be effective even when it’s not his day?
“When Gboly isn’t in the game, can he still do his job in the team when it’s someone else’s day to shine?”
The work in training is paying off, Morgan reporting that the United States Under 23 international is responding to his coaches’ input.
“In training if we play two touch he hates it, he wants to dribble.
“But the reason he’s got to do two touch is that good players won’t let him dribble all the time.
“He’s recognising – since the turn of the year, we’re done quite a bit of work with him and as time goes on the penny is dropping that the game is what you do with the ball and what you do without the ball.”