On Friday, Ipswich Town confirmed the signing of 20-year-old Fulham midfielder Tayo Edun on a season-long loan.
The England youth international has shown his brilliance in glimpses with the Cottagers’ first team, and a loan in the second division is the perfect opportunity for Edun to gain vital experience.
The London-born Edun has made seven first team appearances for Fulham and is considered one of the club’s brightest talents. The youngster has also featured heavily in the England youth set-up, most notably winning the U-19 European Championships in 2017.
Edun caught the eye during the Euros and was named in UEFA’s Team of the Tournament, alongside fellow Fulham phenom Ryan Sessegnon and Chelsea’s Mason Mount.
With Fulham, he made his league debut in a November 2017 league match against Derby County, where Edun impressed in central midfield with a superb performance full of neat touches, intelligent passes, and good close control.
Following his performance against Derby, he was lathered with praise by manager Slavisa Jokanovic, who said Edun played hard and well.
“We gave a debut to one English international young player, who is European champion with England and he is good news for England and good news for Fulham academy.”
Just a week later, Edun made his second Championship appearance when he came on as a substitute against Millwall. He showed his class with an impressive pass in that match which released Ryan Sessegnon, and held firm in midfield to secure a 1-0 victory in the midst of a late onslaught.
Although that match in November marked his final contribution of the season with the first team, Edun revealed his immense potential during that crucial fall period.
As Fulham are now in the Premier League, the 20-year-old would find playing opportunities few and far between, so a move to Ipswich is a sensible decision.
With crucial first team minutes under his belt at Portman Road, the intelligent central midfielder (who can also play as a left back) will offer his skills to Ipswich and return to Craven Cottage a more complete player.
Tayo Edun’s loan to Ipswich is a fantastic move that will benefit all parties involved, boosting the Championship side’s squad while furthering Edun’s development.