Yes, it’s the model. yes, it was expected, but it still isn’t easy to take.
Tayo Edun has joined Blackburn Rovers for an undisclosed fee, thought to be in the region of £500,000. We’ve been aware of the interest for a good 24 hours or more now, and he’s gone to be the Championship player his skills deserve.
Edun joined the club in January 2020, and 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.
The 23-year-old 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.
He’s 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. Sadly, despite the fan’s hopes he was staying put, a move to a big club like Blackburn is too good to turn down.
Director of Football, Jez George said: “Tayo has been a top player for Lincoln City over the past 18 months and this is a brilliant opportunity for him. It is also the right thing for Lincoln City to ensure that we continue to recruit, develop and sell talented young players to then reinvest in the squad to create greater value in the future.
“Tayo is a great example of the success that is possible through one strand of our recruitment model. He joined us on a permanent transfer having reached the end of his pathway at Fulham, developed over his time with us into a top player at our level and then attracted significant interest and multiple offers from the Championship.
“This is the right move for him, the right time for us to sell and an example of why talented young players want to join us. We always want them to achieve their ambitions with us, and if not then because of us. This is how we will continue to build, develop and grow the club, with the key part of this strategy being that we are always identifying and signing the next player with the potential to emulate, in this case, Tayo’s journey.”