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Added Championship knowledge makes us stronger

Tony Mowbray's been a busy man this summer, with each of his summer captures having experience in the second tier

31 July 2019

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Tosin Adarabioyo is summer capture number five, with each of Tony Mowbray's new signings adding Championship experience to the squad.

Adarabioyo appeared 36 times for West Bromwich Albion last term and helped The Baggies to a top six finish in his season at The Hawthorns.

And like the four previous arrivals of Stewart Downing, Bradley Johnson, Sam Gallagher and Christian Walton, the starlet adds even more knowledge of the division to Mowbray's young squad.

“We signed Bradley Johnson from Derby County, who finished in the play-offs last season and Tosin is another who played a lot of games for a team that got in the play-offs," Mowbray said

“That’s important for us. Stewart Downing played a lot of games for Middlesbrough before his contractual issues and they just missed out on the play-offs as well.

“We’ve signed some footballers who have been at the right end of the table and hopefully they can bring that quality and knowledge to our squad. Hopefully they can help us get towards the top end of the division."

Adarabioyo is capable of playing anywhere across the backline, but Mowbray's only aim is to play the 21-year-old in his natural position - at the heart of defence.

“He played in both full back positions at West Brom as well as at centre half," the boss added.

"I spoke to Darren Moore at length about Tosin and he said that his versatiliy was a real strength.

“Darren couldn’t speak highly enough of the kid and said that he felt Tosin grew into the season with them.

“Do I envisage playing him at right back? Not really. I think maybe in emergency cases, if we have injuries, he might, but we’ll look to have him as a centre half."

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