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Manchester City: Tosin Adarabioyo wanted on loan by Blackburn

Manchester City: Tosin Adarabioyo wanted on loan by Blackburn - Manchester City

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.

Adarabioyo had a spell on loan in the second tier last season with West Bromwich Albion, helping the Baggies to reach the play-offs.

The England Under-19 international made his first-team debut for Manchester City in February 2016 in an FA Cup clash with Chelsea and has appeared in four Champions League matches.

However, he has yet to make a Premier League appearance at the Etihad Stadium and was loaned to West Brom last season to get first-team experience, playing 36 times for the Baggies.

Although he is a centre-back by trade, Adarabioyo is versatile enough to be moved to either flank and, prior to beingĀ 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.

At 6 ft 6 (1.95m), he is a towering presence and, not surprisingly, this helps him to dominate in the air – he won three aerial duels per game during his loan spell at West Brom.

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.

Earlier this summer, Guardiola spoke very highly of Garcia, with the Manchester Evening News claiming that the manager could give his fellow Spaniard more game time next season.

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.

Manchester City fans, do you think Adarabioyo needs another loan move? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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