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Luton Town manager Graeme Jones is looking to strengthen his squad in the final few days before the new Championship season kicks off, with a loan move for Birmingham City striker Isaac Vassell on the cards, according to Sun journalist Alan Nixon on Twitter.
Vassell, 25, spent a season at Kenilworth Road back in 2016/17, scoring 10 goals in 42 appearances in all competitions, but his time at St Andrew’s has been blighted by injury since signing in August 2017.
So would Vassell be a good signing at Luton Town on loan?
“This is a very strange move by Luton and they ought to be targeting better, more proven Championship strikers if they are to have a chance of staying up.
“They know Vassell well as he played well for them in League Two, but since making the step up to the second-tier he has struggled. In two years with The Blues he has made just 24 appearances and scored just one goal, which suggests he isn’t good enough for the level, despite injury issues.
“Luton however could offer him a fresh chance and an opportunity to kick-start his career, and it would be in an environment he knows well and would be able to settle into quickly.
“He would not be too bad as a third or fourth striking option, as he has the ability to come off the bench and make an impact, but if he is intended to be a starter then it is the wrong move.”
“A loan move for Vassell looks like a really smart bit of business for Luton.
“Luton are not blessed with the sort of budgets that some of the league’s larger sides are so it important they’re clever with their additions.
“After being a bit part player last season, he should be hungry to prove that he is ready to be more involved and he should get that opportunity at Luton.
“Having spent a few seasons at the Hatters, Vassell knows the club and should settle in well.
“He had the most productive season of his career there in 2016/17, scoring 14 goals and providing 5 assists, and both player and club will be hoping he can recapture that form.”
“I can see why they would be interested in making a move for Vassell.
“The striker’s record was a solid one for Luton during his last spell for the club, so they may feel that the previous link between the club and the player could appeal to Vassell as he considers his next move, although I’m not convinced they actually need him.
“While Vassell did get goals for Luton at League Two level, the striker hasn’t had quite so pleasant a time of it since stepping up to the Championship, scoring just one in 23 appearances in the second tier during his time at St Andrew’s.
“With survival surely set to be the target for Luton in the coming campaign, it feels like they would be better off targeting someone with a much more convincing record than that at this level, and in all honesty, with the likes of James Collins, Danny Hylton and Harry Cornick at their disposal, I’m not all that sure how much they actually Vassell anyway.”