Luton Town will look to start their road to recovery this season, and gaining automatic promotion will primarily be manager John Still’s target, but it may quickly turn into aspirations for the trophy. After bringing in no less than 11 names so far this summer, the squad has been completely rebuild and re energized with Championship and League One players ahead of a pivotal campaign for the club.
I’m not sure where to start with the new signings, so I’ll begin with the most important of the field. Strikers. Last seasons top marksman Mark Cullen joined Blackpool following repeated interest from the Seasiders. His replacement, Jack Marriot who has been signed from Championship side Ipswich Town, will be expected to replicate the 14 goal total of Cullen, but his starting place could soon be up for grabs with Craig Mackail-Smith currently on trial with the Hatters.
At the back, larger than life character Steve McNulty will be under pressure to retain his place in the starting eleven. The 31-year-old has been first choice centre back for three seasons now, and the competition forced on to him by new arrivals Magnus Okuonghae and Mark O’Brian could be good for the former Fleetwood mans fitness. As for Okuonghae, he missed much of last season through injury but in the few games he did play, was not up to the task, the drop down a division could be the kick up the backside powerful defender needs. New additions in the full-back rolls mean that it could be a unfamiliar back four, compared to the unit that started last season. The lack of a seasoned Luton regular could cause problems, but at the end of the day, they are all highly acclaimed professionals and have the unquestionable ability that John Still is looking for.
Jonathan Smith and Nathan Doyle will again take their place in the engine room for the start of this season, although they will be joined by teenager Cameron McGeehan who enjoyed a loan spell at Kenilworth Road last season, the former Norwich City youngster has made his move permanent in the search for first team football, and will be the man to pull the strings sitting just ahead of Doyle and Smith in the Hatters midfield. Wingers Danny Green and Paddy McCourt represent a huge amount of experience that has now been added. Both were on the verge of second tier football this with MK Dons and Brighton respectively, but decided the vertical drop to League Two was necessary fr their careers. The big names that John Still has shifted through the door proves the clubs and ambition, and with the quality all across the field, this could be the Hatters year.