Luton Town manager Graeme Jones has opened up about the club’s decision to bring Izzy Brown to Kenilworth Road from Chelsea.
The 22-year-old was signed on a season-long loan deal on transfer deadline day by the Hatters and could be in line to make his debut for his new side when they face League One side Ipswich Town in the Carabao Cup tonight.
Despite spending the entirety of the 2018/19 campaign at Leeds United, a myriad of injury issues limited Brown to just two appearances in all competitions for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
Speaking to Luton Today about the prospect of working with the forward, Jones said: “Izzy Brown is at that stage of his career where he wants to play football.
“He has to earn it, you have to at any football club, particularly this one, but he’s got really, really good quality, that’s what has stood out in the last couple of days,
“He has great pedigree, he went to Leeds and was injured when he signed for Leeds last season.
“They thought he would be fit in September, he was actually fit in December and then played a couple of U21 games back-to-back, in three days before Christmas and did his hamstring.
“He also did his back in February, so he’s had a real stop-start spell.
“He had a really good spell at Huddersfield and helped Huddersfield get promoted via the play-offs to the Premier League, when he scored five goals in 15 games.
“He hasn’t started a game for a while, so we’ve got to build him up a little bit, but the quality is there and the pedigree is there.
“So hopefully Kenilworth Road will give him the platform and Luton Town will give him the platform to use the quality that he has.”
Luton will be looking to secure their first victory of the new campaign against Ipswich after marking their return to the Championship with a 3-3 draw against Middlesbrough earlier this month, and a 2-1 defeat to Swansea City last Saturday.
Having failed to make it past the first round of the Carabao Cup last season, the Hatters will be aiming to progress in a competition which they famously won in 1988.
Providing that Brown can stay fit this season, he could turn out to a real asset for a Luton side who are looking to establish themselves in the Championship following their promotion from League One earlier this year.
Unquestionably talented, the loanee is capable of playing as a centre-forward as well as a winger whilst he has also previously featured as an attacking midfielder.
If Jones can nail Brown down to one particular role during the current campaign, he may be able to further the England under-20 international’s development as a player which will in turn benefit both Luton and the forward’s parent club Chelsea.