In Luton Town, creative and fan-favorite midfielder Andrew Shinnie left the club this week, between two poor performances. They are seven days that the club will want to fix as soon as possible.
After a rude 1-0 win at Birmingham City last week, the relegation threat was apparently diminishing. The Hatters were nine points away from the dreaded Championship drop zone and about as many points away from the play-offs. However, two uninspiring performances later, and it looks like Luton may find himself in a fight for relegation again.
Poor Performances and a Leaving Fan Favorite Dominate Luton Town Weekly Roundup
Luton Town kicks off the week by strengthening the hiring department
On Monday, the club announced two new additions to its backroom staff, and the club welcomed a Chief of Scouting Operations in Phil Chapple and a Chief of Recruitment Analysis in Jay Socik. The former has an excellent in-game resume and was met with obvious excitement from Town fans. Socik, who has built a huge following on social media thanks to his interesting posts, had been working for the Hatters independently, but the permanent move is certainly a sign of the club’s intention.
The pair were brought in as part of a long-term plan, with the Hatters intending to maximize their progression towards establishing themselves in the Championship. It’s no secret that Luton doesn’t have the same purchasing power as most of his Championship counterparts, but they see the analytical side of the game as a great opportunity to stay one step ahead of the game.
Disappointing result at home to Cardiff City
On Tuesday, Cardiff City were the visitors, and the Bluebirds became a real force under the leadership of Mick McCarthy. After a relatively uneventful 45 minutes, two goals early in the second half ensured all three points returned to South Wales. Harry Wilson opened the scoring in the 51st minute, finding the bottom corner with a beautifully struck effort from outside the box before Will Vaulks’ deflected effort found the top corner just five minutes later.
The Hatters saw a lot more possession after second came in, but had a hard time creating opportunities. Cardiff defended resolutely with their three defenders Sean Morrison, Aden Flint and Curtis Nelson, all making exceptional performances to put out any danger we may have caused. But ultimately, Luton looked blunt in attack and his record in front of goal this season is starting to look like a real cause for concern.
Luton Town Confirms Fan Favorite Andrew Shinnie Makes Charlton’s Athletic Move Permanent
On Friday, Charlton Athletic confirmed the final signing of Andrew Shinnie. Luton fans were quick to send Shinnie their best wishes and remind Charlton fans that they have a brilliant player in their hands.
The Scotsman played a vital role in Luton’s rise to the Championship during the 2018/19 League One campaign and was dubbed the ‘assist assist’, a term that described a typical scenario in which Shinnie would thread a direct pass. perfectly weighted to the rushing Jack Stacey, who would then deliver the blow to James Collins.
While second-division football may not have turned out the way the midfielder would have liked, the 32-year-old is sure to look and has the ability to ignite League One again.
Abysmal performance and result in Stoke City
Luton’s ability to bounce back from disappointment this season has been hugely impressive, showing a brilliant character in responding to poor results so far.
However, that was not the case against Stoke City, with the Potters securing a 3-0 victory. Mistake after mistake allowed the home team numerous chances in a first half in which the Hatters were lucky to stay in the game. However, the 15-minute break did not affect a dejected Town team that continued to fight across the field.
It may have been a bad week for the Bedfordshire club, but they are still eight points behind relegation spots and have two big home games next week. Although home performance has been relatively positive this season, results must improve dramatically if they are to avoid a relegation fight in May.