Newcastle United need to bolster their backline, but there isn’t a great deal of money to spend.

The Magpies face a tricky summer, with their transfer kitty having been impacted by the pandemic.

Officials have work to do, in order to prepare the team for 2021/22, with many fans poised to give Mike Ashley and Steve Bruce both barrels at any sign of struggle.

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St. James’ Park (Photo by Robin Jones – AFC Bournemouth/AFC Bournemouth via Getty Images)

One player to have been linked with Newcastle in recent weeks is Tosin Adarabioyo.

The English central defender is now officially a Championship player, following Fulham’s relegation from the Premier League.

But the Cottagers dropping into the second tier is hardly a fair reflection on Tosin. He quietly had a really solid campaign at Craven Cottage.

The star played 33 games in the Premier League and regularly impressed, despite the team shipping goals.

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Tosin Adarabioyo (right) (Photo by Jason Cairnduff – Pool/Getty Images)

Tosin came in for praise for his poise and composure on the ball, as well as his ability to be strong in the tackle when required.

He was also a dab-hand at clearing the ball for Fulham, finishing the season with the most of any Premier League player with 193 (official PL).

Another highly impressive part of Tosin’s game is his aerial dominance.

 

The star stands at 6ft 5in tall, allowing him to beat opposition players to the ball with ease.

One would think that imposing frame might make him slow and clunky. But he is deceptively quick across the ground.

These traits truly set him apart from Steve Bruce’s current options.

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Tosin Adarabioyo (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

The likes of Jamaal Lascelles, Fabian Schar, Ciaran Clark, Federico Fernandez and Paul Dummett are all OK in the actual defending aspect. But none of them are as impressive physically and athletically as Tosin.

What’s more, all those players are in and around the age of 30.

Really, Newcastle need to be bringing in someone who is a little younger, but not too young. At the age of 23, Tosin is ideal.

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Tosin Adarabioyo (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

It’s been reported (Daily Mail) that the player has a buyout clause of just £10 million, which simply has to appeal to a club like Newcastle, who will be on the hunt for bargains.

£10 million for a modern-day defender with a year’s experience playing in the Premier League and a high ceiling? It’s a no-brainer.

Quite simply, if Newcastle act on their reported interest and get Tosin in, then he could well become the club’s next top bargain after Callum Wilson, Allan Saint-Maximin and Martin Dubravka.

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