Blackburn Rovers are targeting former West Brom loanee and current Manchester City defender Tosin Adarabioyo, according to the Lancashire Telegraph, as they look to bolster their defence for the upcoming season.
After the free signings of the former England international winger Stuart Downing and the experienced Bradley Johnson, the Blackburn Rovers side were looking in great shape already before Sam Gallagher also joined the club.
With Bradley Dack and Danny Graham scoring 30 league goals between them last season, Blackburn Rovers look to be in great shape in the attacking department ahead of the new season.
However, the club will now need to combine this attacking firepower with a solid defence if they are to have an even better season than they did in the last campaign. The addition of Adarabioyo could go a long way in doing just that.
Here are two pros and two cons to Blackburn making the signing of Tosin Adarabioyo.
Pro: Championship experience with a successful side
Adarabioyo spent last season on loan with second tier side West Brom. During the campaign, West Brom were safely in the play-off places and this would have been a great experience for the 21-year-old.
West Brom did eventually secure their play-off place in the top six towards the end of last season. Yet, even though they had the home advantage in the second leg of the play-off semi final against Aston Villa, they lost on penalties.
This was his first loan at a professional senior English club and will have learnt about the trials and tribulations of the Championship. Blackburn will hope that he can help the club compete at the top end of the Championship.
Pro: He’s played at a fantastic academy
Even though Manchester City have been accused of buying the Premier League, by bringing in some of the best players across the world, a lot of investment has also been put in the academy.
Phil Foden is just one example of this. He’s now become part of the Manchester City first team squad, which is arguably one of the best teams to ever grace the Premier League.
During his time training with the City youth set up, Adarabioyo will have had the chance to play with (and against) some of the most talented young players that the best academies in England have to offer.
Con: It will only be a loan signing
One of the best things you can do at a club is to establish a centre-back partnership for the long-term. Although the young Manchester City player would be a very good asset to have for Blackburn Rovers, he’d only be there for a season-long loan.
Blackburn Rovers are currently on an upward trajectory, and could reach a position as high as the play-off places if the current squad stick together and use the ball as effectively as they did last season. Adarabioyo will naturally be slightly detached from Rovers, as he might be one of the only loan signings to come in to Ewood Park this summer.
It’s likely that the central defender will cost too much for Blackburn to bring him in permanently. However, this could be a fantastic long-term signing if they do decide to try and purchase him at the end of the 2019/20 season. This will all depend on his progress at the Lancashire side.
Con: He’s only 21 and likely to make mistakes
The Championship is a very tough league and having experience is very underrated nowadays with the amount of young players been loaned out to second tier sides from the Premier League.
Although Adarabioyo has already had a season in the league, he was mainly used as a right-back which gave him the licence to get forward a lot more. Playing as a centre back in the Championship is a whole different kettle of fish.
If he’s played as a centre back at Blackburn Rovers, this position change from West Brom could cause Adarabioyo to make mistakes. This would only be natural. Rovers will be hoping that he doesn’t make too many costly errors if they do seal the deal for him.