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Luton Town manager Graeme Jones is looking to add to his squad, with defender and free-agent Donervon Daniels training with the Hatters with a view to securing a deal, having left Blackpool in the summer, as reported in Luton Today.
Daniels, 25, made 13 appearances for the Tangerines last season having previously had permanent spells at West Brom and Wigan Athletic, whilst also enjoying loan-spells at Tranmere Rovers, Gillingham, Blackpool, Aberdeen and Rochdale.
So would Daniels be a good addition if he signed for Luton?
“It could certainly be a smart move.
“In Matty Pearson and Sonny Bradley, Luton have a top centre-back pairing and one that is, frankly, Championship quality.
“However they are not too blessed in way of protection if either player were to pick up an injury or suspension.
“Daniels, therefore, represents a solid option as back-up. He has Championship experience and at 25 still has plenty of scope to improve and I am sure Graeme Jones would back himself to do just that.”
“I’m not all that sure they need him to be honest.
“Daniels has never really got the opportunity to compete at this level before, so there could be something of a risk to bringing the centre-back to Kenilworth Road.
“Add to that the fact that Luton already have plenty of number in that area, with the likes of Sonny Bradley, Martin Cranie and Matty Pearson among their options, I do wonder just how much playing time Daniels would actually get with Graeme Jones’ side.
“That being said, with Daniels available as a free agent, this isn’t exactly going to cost much for Luton, meaning it won’t be too bad for them financially if the defender joins the club but doesn’t actually end up getting that much game time while he is there.”
“This is a slightly puzzling signing as Daniels has very little experience of the Championship, and is therefore the opposite of what Luton need right now.
“On top of that, Luton have several options at centre-back and although Daniels can also cover at right-back he wouldn’t be an upgrade on the options Graeme Jones already has, and therefore he may come in just to sit on the bench.
“However, Jones may be worried about potential injuries and if the club can afford it then there is little harm in bringing in some defensive cover, particularly a versatile player such as Daniels.”