Age: 23 *
At Club Since: Summer 2019
Total Club League Appearances (Goals): 4(0) *
With the club looking for a replacement for Dujon Sterling, where better to turn than the same club that developed him? As a young, attack-minded and technically adept right-back, the comparisons between Fankaty Dabo and Dujon Sterling stretch a little further, although Dabo is a few years older and has been discarded as a prospect by Chelsea. Nonetheless, Dabo possessing experience in this division already via a loan spell with Swindon Town a few years ago and then spending two seasons out on loan in Holland with top-flight Vitesse Arnhem and then second-tier Sparta Rotterdam should mean there is less of an adaptation period for Dabo than there was for Sterling.
Dropping down into League One can’t have been in Fankaty Dabo’s plans having been a reasonably promising Chelsea youth prospect and having featured in the Europa League as recently as two years ago. While this move perhaps speaks positively of Mark Robins’ (and Adi Viveash’s) powers of persuasion, there has to be a slight concern as to whether the realities of moving permanently outside a top-flight academy’s bubble might dampen the player’s ambition. It would perhaps be a bigger concern had Dabo not been out on loan before and done reasonably well. All signs indicate that Dabo is a good signing for now and is someone who can improve over the three years of his contract, his first challenge will be to make the right-back spot his own ahead of a later addition further ahead in the transfer window.
*As of 20/08/2019