Tosin Adarabioyo: 5 things to know about Chelsea's new signing

Tosin Adarabioyo: 5 things to know about Chelsea's new signing

Festus Chuma 14:09 - 07.06.2024

Discover how Tosin Adarabioyo's signing marks a significant addition to Chelsea's defense, bringing experience and potential to Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea has confirmed the signing of Tosin Adarabioyo from Fulham on a four-year contract marking Enzo Maresca’s first acquisition as the new Chelsea head coach.

As the 26-year-old defender prepares to join Stamford Bridge, here are five key things to know about Chelsea’s latest addition.

1. Versatility and height

Tosin Adarabioyo stands out for his impressive height and versatility on the field. Standing at 6’5”, his towering presence is a significant asset for defensive set-pieces and aerial duels.

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Additionally, Tosin's ability on the ball, with a knack for precise passes and solid ball control, aligns well with Chelsea’s tactical needs, especially following the departure of veteran centre-back Thiago Silva.

2. Experience and development

Tosin has a wealth of experience in English football, having spent his formative years at Manchester City.

After loan spells with West Bromwich Albion and Blackburn Rovers in the Championship, he permanently moved to Fulham in October 2020.

His first campaign as a Premier League regular saw him make 33 appearances, earning praise for his seamless adaptation to top-flight football.

Over the past two seasons, he has played a crucial role in Fulham's campaigns, making 45 appearances and contributing to their mid-table finishes.

3. Youth international career

Despite not yet making his senior debut for England, Tosin Adarabioyo has a notable youth international career.

He represented England on 14 occasions across various youth levels, from under-16 to under-19. His international experience at the youth level highlights his potential and the high regard in which he has been held from a young age.

Additionally, Tosin remains eligible to represent Nigeria through his descent, leaving the door open for a potential senior international career.

4. Professional debut at Stamford Bridge

Interestingly, Tosin’s professional debut holds a special connection to his new club.

He made his professional debut at Stamford Bridge, a fact he highlighted during his introduction as a Chelsea player.

"Chelsea is a huge club and this is a full-circle moment for me. I was born three miles away from Stamford Bridge and made my professional debut there," Tosin remarked.

This personal connection adds a sentimental layer to his signing.

5. Premier League experience

In the 2023/24 Premier League campaign, Tosin made 20 appearances for Fulham, scoring two goals.

His performance demonstrated his ability to contribute both defensively and offensively.

His time at Fulham saw him develop into a reliable centre-back, with consistent performances that caught the attention of Chelsea’s scouting team.

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