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…
Fulham’s Tosin Adarabioyo is attracting plenty of interest this summer.
Reports from the Sky Sports Transfer Centre (Monday 21st, 16:02) revealed that Norwich City had joined the hunt to sign the central defender, joining Arsenal and Newcastle United in his list of potential suitors.
While Fulham ended up getting relegated, the 23-year-old looked very impressive at Craven Cottage leading to speculation over a move back to the top flight.
Adarabioyo reportedly has a release clause of £10million after suffering relegation, so would he be a good signing for Norwich?
The team at FLW have their say…
This could be a decent addition to the Canaries back-line.
Norwich certainly need additional depth in their defence as they prepare for life back in the Premier League.
Adarabioyo has really impressed me whilst on loan with Blackburn Rovers, and he probably deserves a chance to impress in the top-flight.
If he can build on those impressive showings heading into the new season, then it’ll be a shrewd bit of business by Daniel Farke’s side.
He’ll have a point to prove at a higher level than the Championship as well, and at the age of 23, he’s got plenty of room to develop at senior level.
He ticks all the boxes for Norwich heading into the summer.
At just 23 still, Tosin Adarabioyo has even more more room for improvement and would be a good signing for Daniel Farke, as the defender looks to avoid two successive relegations.
Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale suffered this fate with AFC Bournemouth and then the Blades – but if Adarabioyo does well and the Canaries are still relegated – he may be faced with yet another move.
The defender will now want to settle down after loan spells away from former club Manchester City in recent years – and so there will be no shortage of motivation for him to do well if he opts to move to Norfolk.
It’s clear a centre back is needed after Ben Gibson returned to Burnley with his loan spell at Carrow Road coming to an end – and his regular appearances in the Premier League last season will be of great benefit to a Norwich side who want to stay up next year.
With Arsenal and Newcastle United already in the race, they will need to move quickly and may even need to trigger his £10m release clause very quickly if the Canaries want to secure his signature.
The Premier League season is coming down the tracks quickly so this move could help to set the tone for the rest of their window.
This could be a smart signing for Norwich, for me.
Tosin Adarabioyo was a regular fixture in the Fulham backline last season and though Scott Parker’s side were relegated, he didn’t look particularly out of place at top flight level.
Grant Hanley and Ben Gibson are good options for Daniel Farke but adding Adarabioyo looks to be a smart move.
The defender is understood to have a £10m release clause in his contract, which looks a great price for a 23-year-old centre-back with a bright future.
Norwich have been very smart in the transfer market in recent years, this move would be them continuing that.