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Football League World’s Blackburn Rovers fan pundit Neil McDonald has backed his side to complete the loan signing of Manchester City centre-back Tosin Adarabioyo.
The Lancashire Telegraph reported on Friday that Tony Mowbray’s side were eyeing a move for the 21-year-old and, becuase of his versatility, McDonald believes it would prove a very useful signing.
“Adarabioyo would be a good signing for Rovers, especially with him being versatile enough to play all across the back line,” the regular punter told Football League World.
“It is obvious that it will be difficult for him to break into the Manchester City first team this season, so another loan move seems to make sense for the defender and this could benefit Blackburn.”
Last season saw Adarabioyo make 36 appearances in the second-tier for the Baggies as they reached the Championship play-off final – the majority of which as a right-back.
Last season saw captain Charlie Mulgrew and Darrah Lenihan form an impressive partnership at the heart of the Rovers defence.
But with neither managing to make more than 34 appearances in the second-tier, McDonald believes this could open the door for the rumoured target to start.
“He could well become a fixture in the first team next season,” he said.
“Rovers are in need of someone to challenge the defensive pairing of Charlie Mulgrew and Darragh Lenihan as well as requiring cover for Ryan Nyambe who is the only senior right back in the squad.
“Adarabioyo could fill both of those roles which could lead to plenty of game time for the youngster.”
If he is to complete a move to Ewood Park, Adarabioyo would become Mowbray’s fifth signing of the summer following Sam Gallagher, Stewart Downing, Bradley Johnson and Tom White into the club.
And, so far, our regular punter has been impressed by what he has seen at his club.
“After giving the team that got Blackburn promoted from League One the chance to impress in the Championship last season, Mowbray’s focus seems to have shifted to adding proven performers at this level,” McDonald said.
“Downing and midfielder Johnson have added much-needed experience, while the signing of striker Sam Gallagher could prove a very good piece if business.”