After such a successful season in League One, it’s only normal for teams higher up the football pyramid to be interested in those Luton stars who helped them gain a second promotion, but one is clearly getting more attention than others.
James Justin enjoyed a breakout year with the Hatters as the versatile defender racked up three goals and eight assists in the league as well as being named in the EFL and PFA League One Team of the Year and being shortlisted for the EFL Young Player of the Year award, and such a season has attracted a lot of interest.
Luton Today claim that the 21-year-old has attracted interest from the likes of Leicester City, Aston Villa and Stoke City, and as interest ramps up it’s looking increasingly likely that Justin will be departing Kenilworth Road this summer, but an interesting name has already been touted as the left-back’s replacement.
According to journalist Alan Nixon, the Hatters are very keen on Blackpool left-back Marc Bola, who after being released by Arsenal last year has had a solid season in his first year of professional football, and the 21-year-old could be a smart replacement for Justin.
Having come through the ranks at Arsenal and further impressed at Blackpool, Bola has proven to be a player with significant potential for an ambitious club in the Football League having made 43 appearances for the Seasiders in all competitions, scoring twice and assisting three, an impressive tally for a player playing in their first full season of professional football.
Of course, playing for Luton in the Championship would be a step-up for the defender, but playing with and against better quality players will be something that could raise Bola’s game, and with Justin potentially bringing in £7.5 million as per the report from Luton Today, the Blackpool man could be a smart replacement both on the pitch and in the financial books.
Luton fans, would Bola be a good replacement for Justin? Let us know!
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