Blackburn Rovers eye up a move for Man City’s 21y/o defender
According to the Lancashire Telegraph, Blackburn Rovers are lining up a loan move for Man City defender Tosin Adarabioyo.
The 21-year-old spent last season on loan at Championship rival West Bromwich Albion, playing 36 times as The Baggies reached the play-offs, finishing fourth, before losing to arch-rivals Aston Villa in the semi-finals on penalties.
Adarabioyo is predominantly a central defender, playing much of his Man City youth days in this position. However, he lined up as a right-back for the majority of the last campaign, proving his versatility and ability to play across the back four.
A move for the Premier League youngster is believed to be nearing completion. Tony Mowbray has so far added Stewart Downing, Bradley Johnson and Sam Gallagher to his ranks, Adarabioyo would be Rovers’ first loan signing of the summer.
Mowbray saw his side concede 69 goals in 46 league matches last season, including having the leakiest away defence in the league. The departures of Paul Downing and Jack Rodwell will force the boss to strengthen his defensive options.
Adarabioyo would add height and physicality to a threadbare Rovers backline. He’s very confident on the ball, and happy to both attack and defend if playing full back.
Rovers have so far added quality and experience, in particular with the signings of Downing and Johnson. Gallagher was an expensive buy, however, has bags of potential and now the move is permanent, has a chance to really express himself and make the number nine spot his own.
Perhaps Mowbray is on the hunt for young talent on loan, who can freshen up his experienced side, providing him with a selection headache for their opening match on August 3rd. Adarabioyo would kick-off this trend, the youngster would be a good signing for Blackburn.