Newcastle United are interested in Fulham defender Tosin Adarabioyo. The Mirror reports that the Toon want to sign him to strengthen their defence. Adarabioyo’s contract ends in a year’s time, many clubs have been buzzing around him.
The ex-Manchester City man has had an excellent campaign for Fulham. He’s established himself as one of the best centre-backs in the Championship and made EFL Team of the Year. Before joining Marco Silva’s side, he spent seasons on loan with West Brom and Blackburn.
His former teammate Darragh Lenihan described him as ‘brilliant’ (Lancashire Telegraph). They played alongside each other at Blackburn in the 2019/20 season.
In addition, his former boss at Man City, Pep Guardiola has been impressed by his pace. The Spaniard stated that he’s ‘faster than people can believe’ (Manchester Evening News).
Adarabioyo could be one for the future, but if Newcastle were to sign him he shouldn’t be their only defensive investment
Newcastle needs to improve their defensive options this summer. Adarabioyo is a young prospect who could benefit from being managed by Howe.
Furthermore, he could be one for the future. Over time he could gradually become a starter for the Toon. Also, Ciaran Clark and Federico Fernandez will likely leave the club this summer.
So a couple of new defensive recruits will be needed. However, if the 24-year-old is signed, he shouldn’t be the sole arrival at the back.
Dan Burn and Fabian Schar have been class in defence since January. But if they are to progress, the Toon need to sign a centre-back who is that next level in terms of quality.
A number of names have been linked with the club. Recently, Newcastle has been linked with Man Utd’s Eric Bailly. But Sven Botman appears to be their priority. But the deal hasn’t been as smooth sailing as they’d like.
However, owner Amanda Staveley is still keen on landing Botman of Lille. Of the names linked with the Toon, his name looks the most exciting.
But, this doesn’t necessarily rule out Adarabioyo totally. He could still be signed as a fringe player. Someone that comes off the bench and over time becomes a starter for the Magpies.
If Newcastle are interested in Adarabioyo, they shouldn’t solely rely on him. Signing someone like Botman as well would really be a big boost to Newcastle’s defensive options.
Considering Adarabioyo’s contract is up in a year’s time, he’s worth looking at. Howe might have the magic touch to develop him into a Premier League quality defender.