Gboly Ariyibi is an English/American winger who was born in 1995. Ariyibi joined the Southampton academy in 2005, having been spotted playing for local side Quarry Rovers. He progressed all the way up to U18 level. Ariyibi was a regular for Jason Dodd's academy outfit during 2012/13, enjoying success on both flanks. His performance in the 4-2 win over Manchester United in February 2013 at Staplewood was particularly strong. Ariyibi also represented the U21 side on a couple of occasions. The decision not to offer the player a professional contract came as a mild surprise. Ariyibi left Southampton in the summer of 2013.
Ariyibi had trials at several clubs following his Saints release. On September 23rd 2013 he appeared as a substitute at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton's 3-0 U21 win over Blackburn. A week later he represented the club once again in a 4-0 Senior Cup defeat to Manchester United.