Tony Mowbray is delighted that the hard work has paid off after landing giant defender Tosin Adarabioyo on a season-long loan deal.
The Manchester City starlet spent the 2018-19 campaign on loan at our Championship rivals West Bromwich Albion and helped The Baggies to the play-offs during his solitary season at The Hawthorns.
The 6ft 5in towering centre back appeared 36 times in all competitions for the Midlanders, and Mowbray hopes that the acquisition of the 21-year-old will have been worth the wait.
“We’ve been working on this deal for a good few weeks now and we’re delighted he’s here," the boss beamed after completing Rovers' fifth summer signing.
“He’s still a young boy, but the positive for me is that it’s his second season-long loan having spent the last campaign at West Bromwich Albion.
“I think he grew into their season and we’ll hopefully get the benefit of a confident and assured young guy who has amazing physical attributes.
“He’s 6ft 5in, he’s fast, mobile and good on the ball, just as you’d expect coming from a club like Manchester City.
“He’s played in the Champions League for them and we’re hoping that he’ll bring his talents here to help us win games," Mowbray said.
“He’s a giant and he’s coming up to 22 now. That ball needs to be a magnet to his head, but he doesn’t see himself as someone who just heads the ball; he’s a footballer.
“But he has good feet and that power, that ability to cover the ground and take the ball off the opposition."
So will Adarabioyo be thrown straight in against Charlton Athletic for the opening game of the season on Saturday? The boss added that the youngster may well have to wait.
“It might take him a little while, a couple of weeks to get to grips with the team, but then he’ll be looking to force his way into the side.”