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Boss: Top class Tosin has to stay grounded

Tony Mowbray says the defender needs to play on the edge to perform at his very best

5 December 2019

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Despite impressive showings in the heart of the back line since arriving from Manchester City on loan, it's important for Tosin Adarabioyo to keep his feet firmly on the ground according to Tony Mowbray.

After finding himself in and out of the side due to little niggles early in the season, Adarabioyo's had a regular run in the side, starting the last eight outings for Rovers.

In those eight games, Rovers have lost just twice, with the 22-year-old being a part of the team that has triumphed in four of the last five matches.

And Mowbray is keen for the form and the positive displays from the defender to continue for a while yet.

“I’ve seen how good a player Tosin is right from the start," Mowbray told iFollow Rovers when touching on the ex-West Bromwich Albion loanee.

“The biggest challenge for Tosin is to keep his feet at the ground, because he has all the attributes to make things look so easy.

“He’s got a physical presence, is so quick across the ground and has quality. We need to make sure that he doesn’t get lackadaisical or too laid back.

“He needs to have that adrenaline, play on the edge and push hard every week to be the best player that he can be to help the team.

“He knew the challenge of the league from last season at West Brom, being pushed around at centre back, right back and left back.

“This season he’s probably benefitted from having [Darragh] Lenihan alongside him, who’s a more dominant voice than Derrick [Williams].

“He’s a natural central defender compared to Derrick, who’s mainly played at left back for the last two-and-a-half years.

“Tosin’s a talented young guy and I think City will be looking at the things that he needs to keep working on, remaining humble and to keep working hard.

“Darragh’s been helping Tosin by being the voice next to him so hopefully they can both stay fit, keep the standards high and keep the goals against really low."

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