Enjoying an exponential rise since rejoining the Football League a little under eight years ago, Luton Town find themselves challenging at the top end of the Championship.
Sitting in third place, and possessing a four-point advantage over Middlesbrough in seventh, Nathan Jones’ side have been in terrific form since the turn of the calendar year.
The Hatters have accumulated 34 points in their 16 games in 2022, defying expectations in the process.
With this international break providing a chance to take a breather and properly assess their run-in, here, we take a look at two dilemmas Nathan Jones currently possesses.
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Central defensive situation
There are two schools of thought when it comes to whether or not this international break came at the right time.
On one hand, it gives Jones two weeks for Jones to hopefully welcome more bodies back into the squad, however, the Hatters had a lot of momentum from two great victories.
These two weeks will give the likes of Tom Lockyer, Kal Naismith, Gabe Osho and Reece Burke a good opportunity to recover, with Luton’s recent makeshift defence performing excellently.
Should any of the four be deemed ready for a return then they will have to battle it out with Peter Kioso and Dan Potts, with the duo providing defensive solidarity in a testing time with James Bree alongside them.
Does Fred Onyedinma fit in?
Fred Onyedinma’s situation is a strange one because he is undoubtedly an excellent footballer who incites fear in opposing defences, however, he has been unable to secure regular minutes this season.
Ultimately, Onyedinma, who despite proving to be a versatile option is most effective when deployed as a winger, has found it difficult as a result of Luton typically operating within a 5-3-2 formation, or a similar variation.
When tasked in a wing-back position, and on the rare occasions he has been named as a striker, Onyedinma has certainly impressed, adding an extra dynamic to Luton’s play.
He is a difficult player to leave out, given his evident quality, however, competition for places is very high.