Allan Campbell's temporary Luton departure hurts, but it makes sense
News of Allan Campbell's temporary departure from the club was confirmed on Deadline Day and unsurprisingly, some fans greeted the news with disappointment. While it undoubtedly hurts to see one of the team's hardest workers step away from Kenilworth Road, there are compelling reasons behind this decision that make it a sensible move for both the player and the club.
Why does this move make sense?
Allan Campbell was a regular starter in Luton's midfield under Nathan Jones - his tireless work ethic, tight ball control, and ability to drive forward from the middle of the park always provided enjoyable viewing. His performances made him a fan favourite, though his temporary departure is not without its reasons. Campbell fell down the pecking order under Rob Edwards, with him only playing 21 minutes across both playoff games and leaving without stepping onto the grass at Wembley. Following the arrivals of Nakamba, Chong, Lokonga, and Barkley, as well as previously contracted players in Clark and Pelly it was difficult to see Allan anywhere above seventh choice.
Furthermore, the move could be seen as a career development decision by Campbell, at only 25 years old he will want to play regular football. Going out on loan to another club offers him the opportunity to gain more experience and develop aspects of his game that he would not have the chance to in the Premier League. It allows him to better himself against strong Championship competition, which can ultimately only be of benefit to both him and the Hatters in the long run.
Financially, it also makes sense for the club. A loan permits us to retain our investment in Campbell, rather than selling him outright just yet. Loans typically involve a fee or a covering of the player's wages that provide a source of income to be reinvested in the team. Overall, the club can protect its assets and ensure that he returns to Kenilworth Road a better player with more experience, it is a win-win for both parties.
To conclude, Allan Campbell's temporary departure may leave some fans disheartened, but it will undoubtedly benefit both the player and the club in the long term. In the end, the aim is for Campbell to be playing football regularly and to return to Luton Town FC as an even more polished asset.