Blackburn have identified Manchester City centre-back Tosin Adarabioyo as a possible loan target ahead of the new season.
The Lancashire Telegraph reported that the Championship club are close to securing a loan deal for the 21-year-old as Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray seeks to reinforce his defensive options.
Although he is a centre-back by trade, Adarabioyo is versatile enough to be moved to either flank and, prior to being sacked in March, Darren Moore frequently used him as a right-back at The Hawthorns. He occupied that position in 11 of the 19 Championship games he started under Moore and also had one game at left-back.
Adarabioyo also had decent match averages for tackles (1.6) and interceptions (1.2), although he can be sloppy in possession, with a passing success rate of just 75.6%. With Manchester City recording more passes than any other team in the Premier League last season, this is an attribute that the 21-year-old needs to improve if he is to be trusted by Pep Guardiola.
With Aymeric Laporte, John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi being the three senior centre-backs at the club, each playing 33 games or more last season, the best that Adarabioyo could realistically hope for is to be given sporadic opportunities if any of those are rested or unavailable.
The 21-year-old may not even be next in line to that trio, with fellow centre-back Eric Garcia also hoping for first-team action at the Etihad next season. The 18-year-old Spaniard got his breakthrough to the first team last term, playing three Carabao Cup games.
If that is the case, it’s hard to see Adarabioyo getting many chances at the Etihad, so a loan move to a Championship club like Blackburn seems to be the best option for all parties concerned.
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