Luton Town have had a mixed start to their Championship campaign since returning to the second tier of English football, with Graeme Jones’s team plundering seven points from a possible 18 so far this season, securing two wins and one draw from their first six games.
However, there will be certain things that the Hatters boss will be looking for his side to improve.
Here, we take a look at THREE concerning trends for Luton Town so far this season…
Failure to maintain a lead
As has been the case on a few occasions this season, Luton seem to lack the game management skills to maintain a lead this season, with one glaring example of this being the Hatters opening 3-3 with Middlesbrough, in which they conceded the lead to Boro during the first half, before then going behind.
This is something that Jones will be looking to address as soon as possible, with Town also giving away a lead against West Brom in late August, in a match which they went on to lose 2-1.
Keep falling behind in games
Luton also have a tendency to fall behind in games, with Town conceding first in three of their opening six Championship fixtures, against Middlesbrough, Cardiff City and Huddersfield Town respectively.
Jones will see this as something to work on with his players, particularly because it gives Luton an uphill battle in games when they come out of the blocks too slowly.
However, there has been signs of improvement to this aspect of their game, with Town scoring twice in the first five minutes against Barnsley, in their recent three-one win, perhaps showing that the players are becoming wise to this issue.
Conceding too many goals
At the time of writing, Luton currently possess the fourth worst defence in the Championship, with the Hatters conceding 10 goals in their first six games.
This concerning trend could be put down to a lack of Championship experience amongst their defensive ranks, with only full backs Brendan Galloway and James Bree possessing a decent amount of Championship appearances on their playing CV’s, leaving the central defensive area severely lacking in comparison.
With Jones maintaining his sides expansive, attacking style that served them so well last season, he may wish to consider signing a centre back with greater second tier experience come the January transfer window.