• Billy Mulley

Allan Campbell's development at Luton Town is already clear to see

Fight, relentlessness and now attacking third involvements, Allan Campbell is really starting to shine in a Luton Town shirt.


Arriving in the summer, with an element of uncertainty in regard to how well he would adapt to Championship football, Campbell has settled in seamlessly into our midfield and is emerging as an important part of our play-off push.


Immediately showing the grit and desire us Luton fans respect, the 23-year-old started on the right foot against Peterborough United on the opening day.


Then, six games into the season, Campbell was dealt a significant blow, when he suffered ligament damage from a Darragh Lenihan horror tackle.


However, his recovery was miraculous, as he was back in the 18-man squad for the visit of Coventry City, just 18 days after the Blackburn clash.


Since early November, the young midfielder has regularly featured for us in the Championship and is continuing to grow in influence.


His relentlessness and intelligence when pressing has been there from the very start, but what we are now starting to see with Campbell is his ability to influence games when the ball is at his feet.


Allan Campbell battles away with Alex Mowatt - Photo copyright Gareth Owen, LTFC.

With his four goals already this campaign suggesting he is finding the right positions and is increasing in confidence in front of goal, he is also improving as a ball carrier, with his driving run in the first half against West Brom (When Jerome hit the post) highlighting the kind of player he is developing into.


Campbell was an exciting signing when he first arrived at Kenilworth Road, and his performances of late have certainly justified the hype.


Adapting to the rigours of Championship football, whilst also being handed a serious setback at Ewood Park, is an excellent early indicator as to the kind of player we have in our hands.


Campbell stepping in and contributing in the attacking third is particularly good to see with Luke Berry and Jordan Calrk out of the side, with the 23-year-old starting to make Berry-esque late runs into the box, adding a more intelligent element to his game.


This notion of Campbell coming in during the absence of our attacking midfield duo is made even better when considering the expected void that we thought Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall would leave, and whilst the Scotsman possesses a whole lot of different traits than the Leicester City loanee, he is nearing that kind of influence.


Spotting a player like Campbell, and being able to bring him to Kenilworth Road is another example as to why our recruitment is unrivalled.


Featured image: Photo copyright Gareth Owen, LTFC.

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