5 key takeaways from Luton Town's pre-season so far
Luton Town have won all five of their pre-season friendlies thus far, with the Hatters concluding their 2022/23 Championship campaign preparations with a home fixture against West Ham United.
Over the last few seasons, Luton have ended their pre-season with a test against Premier League opposition, with the Hammers set to be the latest top-tier outfit to travel to Bedfordshire.
Nathan Jones' side start the new campaign a week on Saturday and will be welcoming Birmingham City to Kenilworth Road.
Here, is five things that have been learnt during this pre-season...
Gabriel Osho X Alfie Doughty link-up
Noticed during the first pre-season friendly at Hitchin Town, Gabriel Osho and Alfie Doughty displayed an excellent understanding with one another.
Doughty, a speedy, intelligent and relentless wing-back seemed to automatically dart down the left flank when Gabriel Osho was on the ball, with the 23-year-old playing in the centre of a back three. Possessing an excellent passing range, Osho attempted, and succeeded with several searching balls over the Hitchin right-back with Doughty profiting.
It will be interesting to see if this develops with better quality opposition to be played against in the Championship.
Dan Potts' situation coming into the new campaign is an interesting one, with defender putting in some strong performances during this pre-season.
A left-back by trade, Potts' better performances last season came on the left-side of a back three and it now appears that he could be deemed as an option in that position going into the new campaign.
With Kal Naismith departing, there is certainly scope for the 28-year-old to operate in that role next season, however, it remains to be seen if options are bolstered in defence.
Development squad is on fire
Luton's rise up the leagues in recent seasons has made it difficult for the academy to keep pace, however, the talent coming through into the development squad at the moment is helping to achieve balance.
Not only have the Development squad put Harpenden Town and Crawley Green to the sword in pre-season friendlies, the likes of Casey Pettit, Alan Jones and Josh Williams have impressed within the first-team set-up.
Ensuring a consistent supply through the Development squad is something that has been targeted by the hierarchy and it is starting to pay dividends.
Forward line analysis
There will always be bias within football fans but it is hard to argue that Luton's forward line is one of the best in the Championship.
As things stand, the Hatters have Elijah Adebayo, Carlton Morris, Cauley Woodrow, Harry Cornick and Cameron Jerome as options, with each forward adding something different.
If pre-season is anything to go by, this has paved the way for Woodrow to be deployed slightly deeper in a number 10 role. As well as having striking selection dilemmas, the advanced midfield role is another position filled with options.
The immediate future of Dion Pereira is an interesting one, with the young midfielder seeing lots of minutes during pre-season so far.
As mentioned above, competition for places in attacking positions is at a very high level ahead of the new campaign, however, the 23-year-old has proven that he brings something different to the table.
His ability to beat a man and cause problems with positive forward play means he is someone who Jones could opt to keep close to the first-team squad next season, especially when considering that five substitutions will be allowed during the 2022/23 campaign.