West Brom have never been shy when it comes to completing loan deals to bring players in on a temporary basis to help do a job for the club at the time, whether it be to give younger players the opportunity to find their feet with regular game time or to give some more experienced players the chance to be an important squad member in the dressing room.
One player that the Baggies signed on a loan deal in recent years that they will now be wishing they secured on a permanent basis is defender Tosin Adarabioyo.
The Midlands club signed the centre-back on loan from Manchester City back in August 2018 in what was his first move away from the Premier League giants after working his way through their youth academy.
The Englishman ended up being quite a prominent figure at the Hawthorns during the 2018/19 campaign as he made 36 appearances in total across all competitions playing as a centre-back, right-back and a left-back on one occasion, chipping in with two assists in the process.
His overall performances in the Championship earned him a season rating of 6.68 according to WhoScored, which was higher than the likes of current Baggies players Jake Livermore and Conor Townsend managed to achieve in that season.
Since his spell in the Midlands came to an end, the 24-year-old, who Pep Guardiola dubbed as “exceptional,” had another loan deal in the Championship with Blackburn Rovers before eventually joining Fulham on a permanent basis in a deal worth a reported fee of up to £2m back in October.
Back in September 2018, Transfermarkt rated Adarabioyo’s market value listed at £1.8m, whereas after playing 33 league games for Fulham this season, it now stands at £13.5m, highlighting a massive increase of 650%.
Taking all of this into account, it’s safe to say that Luke Dowling made a fatal error by not securing the centre-back on a permanent deal back when they had him in their ranks.
After all, with West Brom currently sitting in 12th and Fulham the healthy league leaders, it rather says it all about who’s got the better end of the bargain here.
He could have gone on to be a vital figure for the Baggies, which he seems to be for the west London club now who pulled a blinder by getting him for such a relatively small transfer fee.