Blackburn have signed Manchester City’s young defender Tosin Adarabioyo on a season-long loan.
Adarabioyo joined West Brom on loan in the 2018-19 season, which he contributed to their journey into the play-offs. Adarabioyo will be hoping for an even greater successful loan spell this term in Lancashire, so that he can catch Pep Guardiola’s attention.
Guardiola’s relentless demand for maximum effort and the best of the best has so far been a hindrance to the 21-year-old’s City career. He has, however, made three appearances in the Champions League, with the most recent being their surprising loss to FC Basel in 2018.
As the defender joins Tony Mowbray’s Blackburn squad, there are some reasons for why Rovers fans should be excited for their new signing.
Defensively successful and versatile
The Englishman is a versatile defender, who can play right-back or centre-back. This will give Mowbray an opportunity to use the defender in different ways throughout the season if the likelihood of injuries occur.
Adarabioyo impressed mostly during his loan spell in the Midlands, despite his lack of experience. The 21-year-old averaged the 1.6 tackles, 1.2 interceptions and 3 clearances a game. These stats contributed to conceding 1.3 goals per game, it’s likely playing alongside experienced defenders Kieran Gibbs, Craig Dawson and Kyle Bartley would have elevated his game too.
Lessons from the Midlands
Although Adarabioyo individually had a solid season with the Baggies, the drama and pressure surrounding the club during his tenure would have given him key experience in the whirlwind season of the Championship.
Key lessons should have been learnt when the sudden sacking of Darren Moore brought the club into controversy. In addition, being a part of a club that went into the play-offs would have gifted the defender with more lessons. It could prove vital for him in the log-term future, and for his short-term spell at Blackburn.
While the lessons from the Midlands will prove to be crucial in his development, Blackburn should admire Adarabioyo’s lack of naivety. He only averaged 0.6 fouls per game for the season and collected three yellow cards. A defender with discipline is always a good element to praise upon as it is unlikely he will cause much trouble on the pitch.
Playing alongside veteran defender Charlie Mulgrew will also help Adarabioyo, as it’s predicted the Scottish international will guide the Englishman throughout the campaign – whether it is on the field or away from it.