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‘Staying up has to be the ultimate aim’ – Luton Town fan pundit offers 2019/20 season preview

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Luton Town fans will be licking their lips at the thought of playing Championship football again and they now have just days to wait.

The Hatters kick-off the EFL season on Friday night when they face Middlesbrough following their stunning promotion from League One last season.

Under Nathan Jones and Mick Harford, they romped to the third-tier crown, playing some brilliant football in the process.

It has been a predictably busy transfer window for them as well with some big names leaving Kenilworth Road, in the form of Jack Stacey and James Justin, but with some strong reinforcements arriving too.

So, what can we expect from them this season?

We caught up with Football League World’s Luton Town fan pundit Dylan Bhundia to get the lowdown…

How happy are you with the work done in the transfer window?

“Losing Stacey and Justin to Bournemouth and Leicester respectively was, of course, a massive blow, but both players deserved their moves.

“Working with the lowest budget in the league, our business has been very savvy. Galloway, Cranie, Tunnicliffe and McManaman all offer good Championship quality, seem to fit our style of play and all came in on free transfers.

“Re-signing Kazenga LuaLua for the coming season is also a massive boost and the addition of a right-back and defensive midfielder would certainly make this window a very successful one.”

Are you confident about life under Graeme Jones? Why?

“Yes, very confident.

“Having worked closely with Roberto Martinez at Wigan, Everton and Belgium, he is clearly a fantastic coach.

“Based on our pre-season performances, he has embraced the quick passing, attacking brand of football that brought us the success it did last season, allowing real continuity.

“I think it’s unbelievable that we managed to appoint him as manager, and speaks volumes about the fantastic work done by the board.”

Who do you think will be your key man next season? Why?

“Sonny Bradley.

“It’s a difficult one. There are certainly equally good arguments for [James] Collins upfront and Andrew Shinnie as our playmaker, but I’ve gone for Bradley because of the defensive challenges we’ll face week in week out.

“Bradley was a pivotal part of a defence that helped ‘keeper James Shea win the golden glove last year. With the Premier League quality strikers that we’ll face, Bradley, as the leader at the back, will be crucial in our ability to keep clean sheets and allow the full-backs to push on.”

What would make next season a success for Luton Town? Why?

“Staying up.

“I know many fans have hopes of a mid-table finish but, when you’re promoted to a new division, especially factoring in the massive step-up between League One and the Championship, staying up has to be the ultimate aim.

“We’ve got the smallest budget in the league, many of our players joined whilst we were in League Two, the fact that we’re in the Championship is incredible and so staying up and being able to continue to build would be a fantastic achievement.”


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