Promising centre-half who won promotion to the senior squad in 2016/17
An u18s regular since making his debut at the tender age of 14, England youth international Tosin Adarabioyo signed his first professional contract with City upon turning 17 in September 2014.
A strong and confident centre-back, the 18-year-old Mancunian celebrated penning his deal with a brace away to Liverpool the following week.
Excellent on the ball, the defender possesses good positional awareness and leadership skills – recognised by boss Jason Wilcox, who appointed him u18 skipper as a first year scholar at the start of the 2014/15 campaign.
After making 17 appearances as part of the u18 squad that clinched the Premier League North Division title in 2013/14, Tosin wore the captain’s armband 13 times for Jason Wilcox’s squad during his first year as a scholar, while also turning out seven times for the EDS against players up to four years his senior.
An ever-present in last term’s UEFA Youth League campaign, Tosin was a key part of an impressive back-four that conceded just four goals to help City to a 100% record in the group stages.
Tosin made his senior debut in the FA Cup 5th round tie with Chelsea, earning man-of-the-match honours despite City losing 5-1.
After being promoted to Simon Davies’s EDS set-up full-time in 2015/16, he led City to the FA Youth Cup final and struck up good partnerships with Cameron Humphreys and Charlie Oliver. He also earned a first call up to the England u19s in 2015.
His excellent 2015/16 was rewarded with a place on the first team tour of Munich and China, where he began working closely with new manager Pep Guardiola who later promoted the young defender to the senior squad.