20 July 2024

AGREED DEAL: Burnley see £55.5million deals collapse despite player flying to UK as Luton Town  negotiations advance.

 

 

With the new Premier League season almost upon us, it’s a good time to look at the new arrivals in the Premier League. Promoted teams have been raising the bar higher and higher over the past few years with Fulham, Bournemouth, and Nottingham Forest all surviving the drop last season but it may be a little harder for the new crop of Burnley, Sheffield United and Luton Town to have the same fate.

 

Some of these teams may be familiar to Premier League fans but forget everything that you used to know about Sean Dyche’s Burnley as it’s a completely different squad under Vincent Kompany. Sheffield United still utilize key ideas from Chris Wilder’s time at the club while this is Luton Town’s first time ever in the Premier League. Their stadium, Kenilworth Road, is in need of major renovations which saw Luton’s first home game versus Burnley postponed to give them until September to get Premier League ready.

But while the Hatters may be getting their facilities ready for the league, it’s quite another challenge for them to get the team ready. This is a more common sight for promoted clubs as the jump in quality from the Championship to the top flight is a big one. But let’s take a look at the three teams to determine what needs to be done for them to ensure Premier League success.

Luton Town

Key additions: Ryan Giles, Tahith Chong, Mads Andersen, Thomas Kaminski, Chiedozie Ogbene, Ross Barkley.

to watch: Carlton Morris

 

Every time that a team is promoted, there is an attacking player who has taken a road less traveled to make it to the Premier League, and for Luton, that’s Morris. A player who has never scored more than eight league goals in a season, Morris broke out to help Luton secure promotion with 20 goals last season. If the Hatters will repeat their success and avoid relegation, they just may need another 20 from him in the Premier League although that will be quite the task. Even if Morris ends up being a one-season wonder, he could’ve helped secure Luton’s future by doing it but they need more attacking help around him.

 

Outlook: While it’s tough to say that a team is just happy to be in the Premier League with no intentions of avoiding relegation, this is how things feel at this stage for Luton Town. A strong side in the Championship, Luton were able to finish third on the strength of their defense before gaining promotion through the playoffs. Morris was strong scoring 20 goals and assisting six more but after him, they didn’t really have a second option. With it being harder to score and defend in the Premier League than the Championship, Luton can expect Morris’ goals scored to go down along with their goals conceded to go up. Most teams prepare for this change by adding strong players with Premier League experience to help guide them but that’s not how Luton have approached things.

Due to the money that had to go into facilities upgrades, the Hatters have added three attack-minded players in Giles, Chong, and Ogbene but none will move the needle unless conditions are absolutely perfect. Giles can be an impact wing back but when he may not have appropriate targets in the center, his season could look a lot like Neco Williams for Nottingham Forest last season. Chong is a player who needs to make good on his potential and he’ll have to do it under pressure. Luton had to bring in Kaminski in net because it was too expensive to agree with Nottingham Forest for a permanent deal for Horvath which gives their entire defense a different outlook in their inaugural season

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