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Where else could Luton Town strengthen ahead of their Premier League opener at Brighton?

As the opening Luton Town Premier League match approaches, I find myself preoccupied with ideas on how to strengthen the first-team squad to meet the demands of the Premier League. Here are three crucial areas where we could grow significantly and improve our prospects of waging a successful survival campaign.

James Shea celebrates promotion | Photo copyright of Gareth Owen/LTFC

Position One

The first, and most obvious position is Goalkeeper. Since gaining promotion we have been consistently linked to GK’s - heavily mentioned names being Tom Heaton, Thomas Kaminski, and Lee Nicholls.

Following the recent promotion, updating the goalkeeper has become an essential decision. The shift to a higher competition level necessitates strengthening every component of our squad, including the keeper position. A competent goalkeeper is not only the last line of defence but also a dominating figure who inspires confidence throughout the team. With tougher opponents and more difficult matches ahead, an efficient and experienced GK will provide the stability and assurance required to manage the new league's rigours. Upgrading this position sends a strong message of ambition and commitment to prosper at the next level, enhancing our prospects of sustained success in the face of stiffer competition.

For me, Kaminski should be considered our number one option. While lacking the ball-playing skills of Ederson and Onana, with our more direct style this should not be an issue; and his shot-stopping numbers are incredibly impressive – an important factor as we will more than likely be facing a high number of shots.

Tom Lockyer and Gabe Osho celebrating | Photo copyright of Gareth Owen/LTFC

Position Two

Next up is another centre-back. This may seem a rogue choice considering we signed Andersen earlier this window and we haven’t been weakened in this area. However, when you consider the injury records of Burke and Potts it would seem an oversight to not bring in another defender. A strong defence is the foundation of any team's performance, and injuries can destabilise the group's stability and consistency. In addition to offering protection during injury stretches, the increased depth will encourage healthy competition among the players, encouraging each to step up their game and contribute to the team's success. Having a reliable centre-back on the team can be the difference between the team reaching its objectives in a league where winning and losing can often be decided by the smallest of margins.

Ironically, my choice would be Axel Tuanzebe. While a relatively injury-prone player himself, he has a good pedigree and would be chomping at the bit for a Premier League move. Comfortable playing at RCB he would provide solid cover as well as pushing Osho and Burke for that starting spot.

Overall Assessment

The recruitment team have got our transfers spot-on so far; I was massively impressed by our newest signing in Ryan Giles. In turn, I expect them to make the right decisions going forward. The aforementioned are the only ‘must strengthen’ areas, although, I do think bringing in some cover at right wing-back and defensive midfielder would be welcome additions.

Featured image: Copyright of Gareth Owen/LTFC

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