Blackburn Rovers have confirmed the signing of defender Tosin Adarabioyo from Premier League champions Manchester City on a season-long loan.
The 21-year-old centre back spent last season on loan in the Championship with West Brom, making 36 appearances in all competitions for the Baggies, helping them to a fourth-place finish, before they were knocked out of the play-offs at the semi-final stage by Aston Villa.
Speaking in a video posted by the club on their official Twitter account to confirm his arrival, Adarabioyo revealed: “When I knew the interest was there, I did think about the games we (West Brom) played against the club last season, and I thought ‘yeah, it’s definitely a good club to move to.”
Looking ahead to the coming campaign, the centre back added: “I’m at the stage of my career where I have to be playing every week and showing everyone what I can do.
“I spoke to Tony Mowbray and obviously his goal is to get this club into the play-offs this season so hopefully I can get this club as close to the play-offs as possible.”
— Blackburn Rovers (@Rovers) July 31, 2019
Adarabioyo has become Rovers’ fifth signing of the summer transfer window, with midfielders Stewart Downing and Bradley Johnson, as well as striker Sam Gallagher, all signing permanent deals with the club, while Brighton goalkeeper Christian Walton has already signed a season-long loan deal at Ewood Park.
Prior to his loan spell at The Hawthorns last season, Adarabioyo had made seven appearances in all competitions for City, and their are currently two years remaining on his contract with Pep Guardiola’s side.
I think this is a smart signing for Rovers.
Having leaked goals for fun at times last season, defence was clearly an area that needed strengthening in the current transfer window, and the arrival of Adarabioyo is the first step towards doing that.
With plenty around the club talking about the potential of a play-off push for the Lancashire side in the coming campaign, Adarabioyo’s experience in helping West Brom secure a top-six spot last season could well prove useful for Tony Mowbray’s side.
Given that the club looks to have strengthened all over the pitch throughout the course of the transfer window, while seemingly managing to keep hold of their own key players, it seems as though this could well prove to be a rather successful summer for Blackburn.