Name: Tayo Edun
Position: Left-Back / Central Midfield
Born: 14 May 1998 Islington, London
Former Club: Fulham
Fee: Free Agent
Contract Expires: June 2022 (according to transfermarkt)
2019/20 Apps 6 Goals 0
2020/21 Apps 49 (5) Goals 2
Adetayo Oluwatosin Olusegun Adio Aduramigba Iretioluwa Edun, known as Tayo, signed for City on January 10, 2020, from then-Championship side Fulham. He made his debut for the Imps eight days later, as Blackpool were beaten 1-0 at Sincil Bank. He started that game in midfield, but following the 2-1 defeat at Southend a couple of matches later, he converted to left-back which is where he has made the bulk of his Imps outings. He was sent off in the 0-0 home draw with Gillingham for a second bookable offence, ending his season early.
Edun struggled to force himself into the first-team picture at the start of the 20/21 season, coming on as a sub against Blackpool but otherwise restricted to cup games for the first month. He did score of one the Imps’ goals against Liverpool, and finally got his first league start of the season as we went down 2-1 to Bristol Rovers. He went on to become the club’s first-choice left-back, scoring a long-range drive against Wimbledon which was later voted the Imps Goal of the Month. His impressive outings in January saw him come third in the SW Player of the Month ratings, and he won a national vote of websites Football League World and Give Me Sport.
Prior to arriving at Sincil Bank, Edun represented England from Under 17 to Under 20 level. He was not only a member of the UEFA European Under-19 Championship-winning England side, but he was named in the Team of the Tournament too, despite being sent off in the final. He came through the youth ranks at Craven Cottage, making his debut for Fulham as they defeated Leyton Orient in the League Cup in 2016. He started the 2017/18 season by appearing again in the League Cup, before making his full Football League debut in the Championship against Derby on November 18, 2017. He was picked again for the Cottagers a week later against Millwall, but didn’t get another run out that season.
In 2018/19 he moved to Ipswich Town on loan scoring against Blackburn on his debut. In total, he made seven appearances for Ipswich, six in the Championship and three of those coming from the bench. He was dismissed during his time at Portman Road too, sent off after 39 minutes of their tie with Aston Villa for a second bookable offence.
Prior to joining the Imps in 2020, he made two appearances for Fulham’s Under 21 side in the Leasing.com Trophy against Stevenage and Wycombe. As he entered the final six months of his contract, a deal was agreed to bring him to Sincil Bank and he was announced at the same time as the loan captures of Conor Coventry and Tyreece John-Jules, as well as the conversion of Max Melbourne from loan to permanent.
Edun started the 2021/22 season with a bang. On the eve of the big kick-off he was linked with moves to Peterborough United and Luton Town, but tweeted an emotional video seemingly in defiance of those rumours. Just a couple of days later, he scored the Imps’ first goal of the season away at Gillingham, volleying home after just four minutes.
On August 30, 2021, it was widely reported the Imps had agreed on a £500,000 fee for Edun with Blackburn Rovers. It came 48 hours after losing 3-1 at Oxford, a game which Edun missed with injury. 24 hours later, he signed for Tony Mowbray’s side.
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