The curious case of Luton Town's continued interest in Newcastle United's Elliot Anderson
Transfer periods can be testing for both clubs and players, with windows rarely running according to an initial plan. Of course, player situations continue to change throughout the summer, sometimes widening the scope or limiting the amount or level of business that clubs conduct.
Speaking to Luton Today at the end of last month, Jones mapped out his transfer plans for the rest of the window, following the arrivals of Alfie Doughty, Cauley Woodrow and Matt Macey. Jones revealed that he wanted to add two midfielders, which the club have done in the signings of Luke Freeman and Louie Watson, a forward, which they have done with the addition of Carlton Morris, and a defender, something that is yet to happen.
However, even after the bulk of the summer business being completed, links to Elliot Anderson have once again resurfaced, as detailed in a report by The Athletic.
A player that is no stranger to Jones' radar, the Hatters opted not to sign the exciting attacking midfielder back in January as they were unable to agree a permanent option in an initial loan.
The 19-year-old, who has only gone and enhanced his reputation since the start of the calendar year during a mightily impressive spell with Bristol Rovers, is now more sought-after than ever.
The Athletic's report credits Luton, as well as Stoke City and West Brom who are showing interest from the Championship, whilst Bristol Rovers and Sheffield Wednesday are providing competition from the lower division.
An exciting talent, whose consistently excellent performances would justify a second-tier move, it is no surprise that the Hatters remain interested, after all, it does appear that it is the Bedfordshire club who have laid out the groundwork in regards to the scouting of the 19-year-old.
However, it is difficult to see many more additions at all as the 25-man squad already looks extremely competitive - in more advanced positions at least.
Although a versatile option too, it would appear that in Luton's current system, a 3-4-1-2 formation, the only position that Anderson would challenge for would be the more advanced midfield role. But when you look into the attacking midfield options Jones already has at his disposal, in the likes of Luke Freeman, Carlos Mendes Gomes, Cauley Woodrow, Jordan Clark and Dion Pereira, it makes it even harder to justify a move for the Newcastle starlet.
It remains to be seen how the 19-year-old's situation plays out in what remains of this summer, and whilst he is an extremely exciting talent who could cause chaos in the Championship, there appears to be suitors who would benefit from his services more than the Hatters.
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