This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Tosin Adarabioyo has been excellent at the heart of defence since arriving at Craven Cottage from Manchester City last season. The 23-year-old has two years left on his current deal in the capital but is subject to interest from Wolverhampton Wanderers, Football League World can reveal exclusively.
His contract situation would suggest only a significant bid would be enough for Fulham to buckle with so little time left in the window to get a replacement.
The Man City product looked the part in 33 top-flight appearances last term, despite their relegation the Cottagers posted the 13th best defensive record and Adarabioyo was huge part of that.
Here, we get the thoughts of a selection of FLW writers on whether Tosin Adarabioyo would be a good signing for Wolves and if he is ready for a Premier League return…
I think it could be a fine signing for Wolves.
Fulham are going to be eager to keep him and the story is that they are asking for a lot of money so I do expect the Cottagers to manage to hold onto him now at this late stage of the window, unless Wolves offer huge money.
He would, though, if he joined, be a good signing for Wolves, with him possessing all the qualities you want from a modern centre-half.
He’s strong, great on the ball, reads the game well and has good pace making him a serious obstacle to every attacker who wants to try and get past him.
Certainly, he showed last season he’s good enough for Premier League football and we’ll just have to see if Wolves are going to get him.
This could be a fantastic signing for Wolves.
Adarabioyo is a player that I’ve been a huge fan of since he first joined Blackburn on loan and the last few years have seen him go from strength to strength.
He was one of the club’s more impressive players last season and I’ve got no doubt that he’s ready for Premier League football.
Defensively he’s composed and solid, while his ability on the ball should mean he slots in well at Wolves.
It would be a massive blow for Fulham to lose a player that is, in my eyes, one of the top two or three best defenders in the Championship.
Tosin Adarabioyo is an extremely talented player and at 23, there is still plenty of time for him to become a Premier League-quality player whether you think he’s good enough yet or not.
His age and this room for improvement is exactly why this would be a good signing for Wolverhampton Wanderers and depending on how he performs, he could potentially become a long-term option at the back for the West Midlands side like Conor Coady has.
The fact Wolves operate with a back five may also suit Adarabioyo as he settles into life at Molineux, potentially making mistakes less costly with two other central defenders to cover.
After spending just one full season in the Premier League during his career, these mistakes will be inevitable and this lack of experience is probably one of the only downsides of signing him.
However, he did play regularly for Fulham last term and made an impressive 33 appearances in the top flight during the 2020/21 campaign, so he will already be accustomed to Premier League football despite dropping down a tier.
He might not be the perfect signing, but he has the potential to become a fan favourite at Wolves and his signature can only help to improve Bruno Lage’s quality and depth in defence.
He’s ready to make the step up again and slot in seamlessly at the back, now is the time for him to step up to the plate and ensure he doesn’t suffer a second successive relegation.