Chairman Dave Allen expects Gboly Ariyibi to feature more prominently next season as Chesterfield increase their emphasis on developing young players.
Former Southampton trainee Ariyibi joined the Spireites last August as a teenager and caught the eye several times during his 19 appearances this season, which mostly came from the bench.
Chesterfield chairman Dave Allen is definitely a fan of the American attacker and he is excited about seeing the 20-year-old in action for his club a lot more regularly during the 2015/16 campaign.
“We have some exciting young players here. I’ll never forget the first time I saw Gboly. It was at Scunthorpe away, and I don’t go to many away matches,” said Allen.
“He came on for about 20 minutes and I said to [chief executive] Chris [Turner] where the hell did he come from. Chris said we’ve had him ages. I said then why the hell haven’t we been playing him?
“He’s like a poor man’s Ronaldo. But we haven’t played him enough. He has everything.
“We haven’t seen enough of him, but you’ll see him playing next year. Some player there, I’m telling you. He gets fans on the edge of their seats and that’s the type of football we want.”
After two years without one, Chesterfield will reintroduce a reserve team next season to aid players’ development.
Allen added: “It’s an important move. Perhaps I’d have seen Gboly playing earlier and more regularly if we’d had it last season.
“Developing young players is very important for us going forward now, we can’t go out and spend hundreds of thousands of pounds on players.”