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2 Luton players that need to prove themselves in the international break

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Luton Town suffered a disappointing 3-0 defeat away at Reading last weekend as the hosts scored goals either side of half time to secure the three points. 

Goals from Michael Morrison and Ovie Ejaria in the first half gave Luton a difficult job to do and a late goal from Garath McCleary made sure the Royals would earn all three points.

Reading dominated much of the game having 17 shots on goal, while Luton struggled to create and rarely threatened, only attempting four shots throughout the match.

Graeme Jones will be frustrated with his side’s performance against Reading as the result was the Hatters fourth loss in four games, in which they have conceded 10 goals.

Jones will surely be welcoming the upcoming international break and seeing it as a chance for his team to re-group so his side can try to move away from the relegation zone, which they are now only one point above.

Here are two players that need to prove themselves in the international break.

Ryan Tunnicliffe 

Central midfielder Ryan Tunnicliffe has played every game for Luton so far this season and is clearly favoured by Graeme Jones at Luton.

But the disciplined midfielder has struggled to find any consistent form this season, rarely putting in stand out displays for his side and is yet to contribute with a goal or assist.

Tunnicliffe’s role is to marshall the midfield and to keep possession for his side, but he has given the ball away on 30 occasions this season through being dispossessed or due to unsuccessful touches.

He has also only won four out of 14 aerial battles and been dribbled past 12 times this season highlighting his vulnerability within the team.

Tunnicilffe will need to be convincing Jones over the international break to keep faith in him as one of the first players on the team sheet by improving his performances, otherwise he could be out of favour.

Callum McManaman  

28-year-old attacker Callum McManaman has struggled to maintain a starting place under Graeme Jones this season and has only started six games and made five appearances as a substitute.

Despite scoring two goals as a substitute this season against Millwall and Nottingham Forest more recently, McManaman has been unable to put together a good run of games in the side having only played the full 90 minutes twice all season.

He has provided little threat up front for Luton, only having 10 shots all season after 11 appearances overall and has only made 3 key passes for team mates.

McManaman will need to prove that he can offer a lot more attacking flair and desire if he is to try and get a consistent run in the starting 11 at Luton this season.


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