Buy low, sell high. This has always been the Luton Town way. Unfortunately, the EFL Championship club does not have the Premier League big boys’ billionaire owners, so unearthing gems have always been the club’s identity. With the signings of Dion Pereira, Tetteh-Quaye Addy, and Jack Chambers, they are going back to the wheelhouse and hoping it pays dividends yet again.
James Justin has become a Premier League regular this season for Leicester City. Two years ago, he was a league one regular with Luton. While Justin was slightly different as he came through the youth setup, this has been the Luton way for several years.
Jack Stacey, who starred in the same defense as Justin, played in the Premier League last season with Bournemouth. Unfortunately, he was a part of the team that was relegated on the last day but has been an ever-present in the Championship this season. He cost Luton pennies compared to the money spent on Premier League ‘stars’ and was sold for a tidy profit.
Dion Pereira is returning to England from America after spending last season with Atlanta United FC. He started seven times and had one assist while also coming off the bench several times for The Five Stripes. Pereira had joined the MLS club in January 2019 but requested to return home for personal reasons.
“After speaking with Dion, we agreed that this was the best solution as he expressed an interest in returning to England for personal reasons. We thank Dion for his contributions to the club and wish him the best moving forward.”Atlanta United Vice President and Technical Director Carlos Bocanegra
Tetteh-Quaye (TQ) Addy parted ways with Crystal Palace in the summer, having come through the Academy at Selhurst Park. Addy played for the Eagles under 23’s and has done since he was 16 years old. A tricky winger, he has joined Luton in the hopes of further progressing his career.
“I’ve seen a few of the players who have come through here, like James Justin, and it shows that if you do well, they want the best for you. That’s all you can ask for from a club. I can’t wait to get going.”TQ Addy
The last of the three is Norther Irish under 19 international Jack Chambers. The attacking midfielder was released by West Bromwich Albion upon their promotion to the Premier League but had continued to train with the club. After impressing in several friendlies for the Hatters, Chambers has joined the Development squad at Kenilworth Road.
“There is a lot more of a pathway here for me. It all seems really good and promising. Even having meetings with the Chief Executive, you don’t really get that a lot as younger players at other clubs. That tells you a lot about the club you’re coming into and I’m really excited to be here.”Jack Chambers
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