Luton Town have enjoyed an exciting start to life back in the Championship.
A fascinating end-to-end 3-3 draw against Middlesbrough, a cornerstone to learn in Cardiff City after a 2-1 defeat, and a dominating 3-1 win in the Carabao Cup versus Ipswich Town.
Plenty of goals to keep the Hatters supporters engaged, then, from their fiery start to the season and there are certain pointers to take note of.
Here, we take a look at THREE…
Different league, same style
One of the first things you can say about this Luton Town side is that they are here to play. They are not afraid to dominate, even if it is against the bigger teams. Middlesbrough equalled the Hatters with possession, but Cardiff and Ipswich were humbled in this sense. Luton controlled 63% of the ball in Wales and 62% back home in the cup.
The ball dominant, attacking style comes with its perks as Luton have the firepower to convert their chances. However, one area Graeme Jones will be concerned with is how they can convert possession into chances away from home.
Despite being ball-dominant, the Hatters recorded 8 attempts, while Neil Warnock’s side had 17 attempts on goal. In addition, Jones has commanded his team to not get sucked into how other teams play. “We were slicing things and putting it out for throw-ins,” he said after their defeat. “That’s how they play. It’s not how we play.”
An interesting point to note is that they have had seven different goalscorers for the seven goals they have scored. While James Collins is their dominant striker, other players are chipping in goals.
This mixture of personnel will be a comfortable view for Jones. If Luton can continue this form and reduce the pressure on Collins, they will become a better overall attacking outfit. Teams will be fearful of the range of goalscorers the Hatters possess, which will make the tactical buildup to a game uncomfortable for the opposition.
Punished for mistakes
However, one concern for Jones and his squad is how often Luton are punished for their mistakes. Goalkeeping errors in Simon Sluga’s debut most likely cost Luton three points, while the failure to clear the ball in the 96th minute gave Cardiff the opportunity to secure the victory.
These two examples consequently cost the Hatters a maximum of four valuable points. The newly promoted side will need to improve defensively as individuals, in addition to being a unit, if are to have a successful season ahead.