Luton Town manager Graeme Jones has tipped 26-year-old Pelly Ruddock-Mpanzu for a future career in the Premier League following his efforts at the weekend in the 3-0 win over Bristol City.
Mpanzu netted the opener with a cool strike against Lee Johnson’s side at Kenilworth Road and was awarded the Man of The Match award for his display in the excellent team performance against the Robins.
Following the game, Jones said via the club’s website: “It’s not about what more he could give, there are no limits really to what Pelly can achieve. If you assessed him physically, he’s Premier League, if you assess him mentally, he’s Premier League.
“If you assess him technically, he’s capable of being Premier League, if you assess him tactically, he’s very, very aware, that’s the surprising aspect I’ve had with Pelly, his intelligence.”
Does Mpanzu have a future in the Premier League?
Mpanzu has been an excellent servant for Luton so far during his career, having originally signed for the club in November 2013 on loan from West Ham United and has made 219 appearances and scored 15 goals for the side across the past six years.
Mpanzu is a powerful central midfielder who can run box-to-box and has an end product, having netted five goals for the side last season as Luton gained promotion from League One into the Championship.
Mpanzu has enjoyed an interesting career so far, having came through the academy at Boreham Wood and going on to make 13 appearances for their first-team before moving to West Ham in 2011, where he made one appearance for West Ham in the 2013-2014 season before heading to Luton.
Mpanzu is really coming into his prime now as his performances this season have shown just what the central midfielder is capable of within the England second tier.
Jones has the right to big up his 26-year-old midfield version of Yaya Toure, and clearly rates him highly by stating that he believes he has a career awaiting him in the top flight.