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Newcastle United To Rival Arsenal For This Fulham Defender: What Will He Add To Bruce’s Side?

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In a recent report, The Athletic has mentioned that Newcastle United are set to rival Arsenal for Fulham defender Tosin Adarabioyo this summer. It is believed that both the Magpies and the Gunners are preparing to move in for the English centre-back at the end of this campaign (via The Athletic).

Adarabioyo’s Solid Campaign At Craven Cottage

Adarabioyo has enjoyed a solid season with the Cottagers despite being relegated with them from the Premier League recently. The Manchester-born talent has done well to establish himself as a regular starter in Scott Parker’s first XI.

The 23-year-old has taken part in 32 matches for the London outfit this term, picking up one yellow card across all fronts. Adarabioyo has proven himself to be a dominant presence on the defensive end of the field as he is averaging 1.2 tackles, 1.3 interceptions and 5.7 clearances per 90 minutes in Premier League football this season. He has also kept things tidy when distributing the ball out from the back, as evidenced by his pass success rate of 85.9% in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).

Now that Adarabioyo has been demoted to the EFL Championship with Fulham, the Magpies would be in a good position to lure him to St. James’ Park when the transfer window commences later this year.

Newcastle United to rival Arsenal for Adarabioyo who is seen in the picture
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What Will The Cottagers Defensive Ace Add To Steve Bruce’s Side?

Adarabioyo can use his strong 1.95m frame to dominate the aerial battle with the opposition. He has proven himself to be a commanding presence inside his penalty box and can clear his lines when required. The English defensive ace is also a composed presence on the ball as he excels at playing his way out from the back.

At 23, Adarabioyo has the potential to grow into a top talent in English football, so he could be tempted with the opportunity to join the Magpies during this summer transfer period. He will add some much-needed quality to Steve Bruce’s defensive department and could increase competition for places within his squad.

The ex-Manchester City youngster is good enough to earn a regular starting place at St. James’ Park in the coming seasons. Hence, we can expect him to enhance the overall depth of Newcastle’s squad and could help them push for a top-half finish in the upcoming Premier League campaign.

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