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Luton Town manager Graeme Jones is looking to add to his side ahead of their return to the Championship, with Crawley Town defender David Sesay a target, according to Football Insider.
The 20-year-old moved to Crawley Town in the summer of 2018, having spent his youth career on the books at Watford and went on to make 18 appearances in his first season in senior football.
It’s no surprise that a new right-back is on Jones’ transfer agenda at Luton, after the club sold James Justin and Jack Stacey this summer.
So would Sesay prove a good addition at Kenilworth Road?
“It is a gamble, but the pay-off could be significant.
“Mobile full-backs were essential to Luton’s style of play last season and with Jack Stacey having left for Bournemouth they really need an adequate replacement.
“Considering Sesay is yet to play above League Two level, however, would be a worry for me if I were a Luton fan and would perhaps rather see a proven League One or Championship performer arrive.
“However, if he slots straight into Jones’s set-up and performs to a similar level as Stacey, they could have a very valuable asset on their hands.”
“This is exactly the sort of signing they need to be making.
“The Hatters can’t really compete with many in the Championship when it comes to finances so they need to be smart in their recruitment and identifying talent in the lower leagues is a way to go.
“Even though Sesay is still inexperienced, he has shown already in his short career that he has a lot of talent.
“A move to the second-tier is going to appeal to the player and whilst it’s a big step up, he will have the ability to handle it and he could be a shrewd investment from Luton in the long-term. As well as that, Graeme Jones needs more options at the back so this is a move that they should look to finalise swiftly.”
“I’m not all too sure this is the best move for Luton.
“Sesay does seem to have plenty of potential, but he is still relatively inexperienced, and the step up to the Championship certainly feels like it would be a big one for the 20-year-old.
“With Luton likely to be facing a battle to stay in the Championship next season on the return to the second tier, you feel they as though could be better of looking for a more established and experienced option to help keep them in the division next season.
“That being said, with a number of other Championship sides linked, Luton are not alone in their admiration of Sesay, which could suggest the strength of confidence there is in current ability, not to mention the boost it could provide the Hatters if they are to beat their rivals for the coming campaign to his signing.”