Tayo Edun has revealed that there was interest him throughout the summer transfer window before his move to Blackburn Rovers and that Tony Mowbray played a key role in his decision to join the club.
It had seemed like Edun could be remaining with Lincoln City towards the end of the summer window despite there having been plenty of speculation over his potential long-term future.
However, in the end, Blackburn managed to agree a six-figure deal with the Imps towards the end of the summer window to bring Edun to Ewood Park on a contract that runs through to 2024.
Edun was forced to wait to make an impact at Blackburn with him having picked up a minor knee injury before he left Lincoln in the summer.
However, he has since managed to come into the squad and he made his first appearance for Rovers off the bench in their goalless draw at Barnsley last month.
Two further appearances have following in the 5-1 win against Cardiff City and the 2-1 loss at Blackpool last time out.
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Speaking to Lancashire Live about how his move to Ewood Park came about, Edun revealed that he was not in a rush to leave Lincoln in the summer despite the interest and he wanted to make sure he got any transfer switch right.
He said: “There was some interest throughout the window, not that I was desperate for it to happen but there was always the possibility that if the right option came about.
“(Rovers) came pretty late in the window. It was a bit of a surprise initially but things moved quickly from there.
“I wanted to speak to the people from the club, get a feel for it and of course it’s good to have the interest but I wanted to make sure it was something that both parties were happy to complete and I was comfortable to explore that environment.”
On Tony Mowbray’s influence on his decision to move to Blackburn he added: “We had a good phone call. He explained the plan for me, how the team was and what he thought of me and how I can help the team.
“I’ll compete to be in the team, no matter the position. Last year at left-back I was very effective but midfield can suit me.”
The summer window is still harshly judged for Blackburn due to their failure to bring in a new forward to replace Adam Armstrong. However, the late capture of Edun that went under the radar somewhat might eventually turn out to be an excellent piece of business.
Edun so at Blackburn has only managed to show glimpses of the talent that he possesses and that he was often able to show for Lincoln City.
Having said that though, the 23-year-old is now in a place where he can really kick on after making a handful of appearances to get his fitness back after his knee injury.
It seems that Edun was convinced to sign for Blackburn after speaking with Mowbray and was convinced that he would be able to compete for regular game time at Ewood Park if he decided to join them from Lincoln.
That shows that Mowbray still has the pulling power needed to bring his targets into the club and perhaps shows that he needs to be backed now in January to get that elusive forward into the club.