Manchester City face battle to keep young defender Adarabioyo

Having made a name for himself at youth level, both club and internationally, Tosin Adarabioyo has become one of City's hottest prospects.

Manchester City face battle to keep young defender Adarabioyo
Adarabioyo against Arsenal in the FA Youth Cup - Getty Images Sport / Julian Finney

If there is one player that Manchester City fans have a special affinity with, it is England under-19 centre half, Mancunian born Tosin Adarabioyo.

Any player that is local to the area always receives just that little bit more affection from the fans, especially when they're as talented as Tosin.

FA Cup performance proves Adarabioyo is one for the future 

Having signed for the club in 2003, Adarabioyo is one of the longest serving members at the club and his rise through the academy has been something special. Making his debut for the U18 side at just 14, he later captained that side only two years later and has kept that job ever since.

In February 2015 Tosin was rewarded with a debut for the senior team by Manuel Pellegrini in a FA Cup 5th round tie away to Chelsea. There was little that could be done as City faced a 5-1 thrashing at the hands of a very experienced Chelsea side, Tosin however was one of City's stars that day.

Partnered alongside Martin Demichelis, Tosin looked as though he was the more experienced of the two, confident on the ball and unafraid of the likes of Diego Costa.  The youngster performed admirably which was justified by him being awarded City's man of the match.   

Pre-season exploits raise questions over youngsters future

Faith in him has been further emphasised after he played the full 90 minutes in both games against FC Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund during this summer's preseason, again exhibiting the qualities which have made him so promising. 

Tosin's exploits in pre-season and his academy career speak for themselves, he's demonstrated that he is a player that can fit the Guardiola mould, a defender that can play from the back and is comfortable in possession. 

Adarabioyo jostles for possession with Franck Ribery during pre-season (image via:

However there's a problem. Tosin is yet to commit to a new long-term deal with the club, and reports suggest that Adarabioyo is holding out for conformation from Pep Guardiola about his plans.

It is clear that Tosin feels he is ready to step up to the first team with his performances of late but wants the manager's word that he will feature in his plans. 

This uncertainty has with the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Everton and Celtic all interested in signing the 18-year-old.

This news will be especially unsettling for fans when rumours circulate that City are in the advanced stages to sign John Stones for a rumoured fee of nearly £50m whilst having a raw but talented defender available. 

Should Tosin stay, expect to see him used in a rotation capacity but also a mainstay in City's domestic cup ventures.