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3 tweaks Nathan Jones may make as Luton Town travel to Barnsley

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Luton Town travel to Oakwell tonight, to play their third away game in a week.

The Bedfordshire club face a Barnsley side who have four points to their name, after their opening two games of the season.

After a strong showing during The Hatters’ 3-0 victory over Peterborough United on the opening day, Luton fell to a 3-2 defeat against West Brom on Saturday.

Jones opted to deploy the same starting XI on Saturday that began their season opener against Posh the week prior.

In his post-match interview, Jones labelled his side’s first-half performance as embarrassing, with the substitutes who came on playing their part in helping Luton back into the game, meaning that he could choose to make some changes to tonight’s team.

Here, we take a look at 3 changes Nathan Jones could make for the visit to Oakwell.

Henri Lansbury for Jordan Clark

Jordan Clark was on the receiving end of a strong interception by Sam Johnstone, and after lengthy treatment on the pitch and a subsequent visit to the hospital, he is now back home.

Clark will now follow the seven-day concussion protocol, as put forward by the government, which opens up a spot in Jones’ side.

Clark has been operating as a more attack-minded midfielder this season, but if Henri Lansbury comes in, then it could allow Allan Campbell to have more attacking freedom.

Lansbury has proven to be an excellent performer at Championship level in the past, possessing the technical ability and vision to potentially help Luton dominate the midfield area.

Another option in that position could be Admiral Muskwe. The signing from Leicester City primarily operates within the front-line, but his excellent versatility makes him another candidate for a more advanced midfield role.

Cameron Jerome for Elijah Adebayo

Continuing in the spirit of adding experience to face Barnsley, Cameron Jerome might gain his first Championship start for The Hatters.

The vastly experienced front-man scored and performed well against Stevenage in the Carabao Cup, and turned the game in Luton’s favour when he came on against West Brom at the weekend.

Adebayo has Been excellent for The Hatters since his arrival in January, but he struggled to make an impact against a strong Baggies defence.

Despite being 35 years old, Jerome still possesses all the right attributes to make him a threat at second-tier level, with his pace, power, and knack for scoring goals, all still present.

Again, Muskwe could be trusted in this role. He has the athleticism to cause problems up top, but Jerome’s presence on Saturday changed the game, and that might be rewarded with a start.

Tom Lockyer for Kal Naismith

Luton have been using what seems to be their fourth and fifth choice centre-backs this season, and with Tom Lockyer playing 90 minutes against Stevenage last Tuesday, he might claim a starting place tonight.

The Wales international, who did spend the summer with the Welsh squad during Euro 2020, has not played Championship football for The Hatters since February.

Lockyer returning to full fitness will be a huge boost for The Hatters. He is a composed figure in possession and has the aerial ability to match.

Naismith particularly struggled against West Brom on Saturday, and could make way for Lockyer, should he be deemed fit enough to appear.

Osho could be seen as a more natural player to replace Lockyer with, given that both play as a right-sided centre-back, but Osho has performed well thus far and as seen at Rochdale last season, he can play on the left of central defence.

If Lockyer is not yet fit, Reece Burke may be included, however, his fitness levels are also in question.

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