Grading all of Luton Town's 2022 summer signings
It's the time of the season when the fixtures start repeating themselves, so roughly halfway through. I thought it's time to give an honest and fair reflection on Luton's signings from the summer. It's tough to find exact figures for these transfers, so I used transfermarkt as a guide. In total Luton made 7 first team signings, with more coming in for the future, whilst others were immediately shipped out on loan to gain more experience.
Carlton Morris | Barnsley | £1.6m
So far, even for a club record fee, Morris has turned out to be a bargain. Scoring 8 times and providing 4 assists, at times this season Morris has carried the team on his back. He has excellent hold up play, is two footed and has a perfect goalscoring instinct. Perhaps the highlight of his season is his superb piece of skill to score past his old club Norwich. In recent games he hasn't been at his best but I'd back him to finish the season on more than 20 goals.
Ethan Horvath | Nottingham Forest | Loan
For once Luton have dipped back into the loan market, and hopefully the success of Horvath convinces the club that loan signings are the way forward. The American international has been excellent so far, consistently reliable and a solid kicker of the ball. Only 2 errors leading to goals have been made from him so far, one when the game was already lost (this game will not be mentioned more.) Luton would do well to make Horvath into a permanent signing, as hinted by ex manager Nathan Jones earlier in the season. The keeper also seems to love the 'USA' chants that occasionally ring out from the stands.
Alfie Doughty | Stoke | Undisclosed
The wing-back has been impressively versatile for Luton in the limited games he has played, playing in central midfield, left wing back, and right wing back. Unfortunately, his injury record goes against him as he has only been available for 7 games so far for Luton. When he has played, he has been solid and dependable, injecting a unique attacking threat that Amari Bell doesn't have. His versatility is very useful to have, so in time Doughty should turn out to be a shrewd signing, unless he gets injured again.
Luke Freeman | Sheffield United | Free
Freeman showed his quality at the start of the season, as a skilful, two footed magician. However, his flaws became apparent and it emerged that a Clark, Campbell, Freeman midfield was too lightweight so he was dropped and since then he has mainly been used as a sub. A useful player to have in the squad, but Freeman hasn't really made a case that he should be starting. If Luton choose to reinforce the midfield with a defensive midfielder signing, he could play behind the front 2 again, or if Rob Edwards makes the bold move to change formation. For now, he struggles to get in ahead of Clark and Campbell.
Cauley Woodrow | Barnsley | Undisclosed
Cauley Woodrow came in as Luton's first high profile signing of the summer, with many praising the acquisition as smart and a good piece of business. Morris' former strike partner at Barnsley, Woodrow has been used up front, in attacking midfield and as seen against Norwich, on the left wing.
Struggling in the early stages for form, the forward returned an excellent performance against Blackburn Rovers back in September, however, a lengthy spell on the sidelines followed because of injury.
Displaying excellent composure and ability in netting the winner against the Canaries, Luton fans will be hoping that they will soon see the very best of the 28-year-old.
Matt Macey | Hibernian | £100k
The 6'7 keeper was clearly brought in as second choice, yet Harry Isted has been preferred to him in recent months as the backup keeper on the bench. A former Luton player, Macey has only started once in an EFL cup defeat to Newport, where he did not have a good game. It's a shame his move here has not worked out so far, and it wouldn't be surprising to see him leave in the summer in search of game time.
Louie Watson | Derby | Undisclosed
Grade: Too early to tell
The 21 year old is clearly one for the future, although he has been on the bench in a lot of games. Like Macey his only start was the loss to Newport in the EFL cup. It would be nice to see Edwards give Watson more of a chance in the second half of the season, but a loan move does look most likely.
By Samuel Roy