This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Luton Town had a strong season last year and defied many expectations by competing at the top end of the table.
Their impressive form led the Hatters to finish the season sixth in the table leading them into the play-offs.
However, despite drawing 1-1 in the first leg of the semi-finals, a 1-0 defeat to Huddersfield Town in the second leg meant it was the Terriers who progressed to the final whilst Nathan Jones’ side face another season in the Championship.
Jones will be keen to strengthen his side ahead of the new season to ensure they are able to compete again next season.
On Monday, the club announced their first signing of the window in Alfie Doughty from Stoke City so we asked three writers here at FLW for their thoughts on the Hatters’ newest addition.
Alfie Doughty is an excellent addition at Luton Town, with Nathan Jones getting his man 18 months after he first tried.
A progressive and brave left-sided option, his pace, direct running and final third quality will be a huge boost to the Hatters, with the club possessing strong attacking options who will be on the end of his deliveries.
He also provides a degree of versatility, with Doughty able to operate all down the left-hand-side, so he will be able to fit the requirements, regardless of whether or not Luton stick with a back three.
Cover and competition for Amari’i Bell was high up on the priority list for Jones this summer and he has been able to address that early on in the window.
Doughty is someone who can thrive in the here and now, whilst he also possesses the ability and ceiling to grow with the ambitions of the club.
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This could be a good addition to Luton Town’s squad.
Doughty never really played much at Stoke City, and so a move to another club this summer could also be the fresh start the player needs.
A more defensive minded left-midfielder, Doughty could fit in well at left-wing-back under Nathan Jones.
He may, though, have a job on his hands getting the starting spot from Amari’i Bell, who impressed last campaign.
Either way, his addition adds good competition to the left hand side at Kenilworth Road, and should only strengthen the Hatters.
Providing that Nathan Jones is able to work his magic on Doughty, this could turn out to be a good bit of business by Luton.
Although the left-midfielder has only been able to provide six direct goal contributions in the Championship during his career, there is no reason why he cannot make strides in terms of his development next season.
Given that Jones has managed to get the best out of his players since being re-appointed as Luton’s manager, he will fancy his chances of helping Doughty take his game to new heights.
By delivering the goods on a consistent basis in the second-tier, the 22-year-old could play a key role for the Hatters as they aim to launch another push for promotion.