Has there ever been a better time for English right backs?
From Trent Alexander-Arnold to Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Max Aarons there seems to be an implosion of defensive quality coming through at English clubs in the past few years, and the latest player to join that growing list is Luton Town defender James Justin.
The 21-year-old right-back has been one of the breakout players in the Football League this season, with the Luton academy product being an essential player for Mick Harford’s team that currently sit top of the League One table and are on an unbeaten run stretching to 28 games.
Justin’s accomplishments have been very impressive this season, the defender has scored three goals and assisted another five in a campaign that has seen the Luton academy product be picked in the League One Team of the Season and be nominated for the EFL Young Player of the Season award.
With the groundwork laid out for what looks to be a promising career in football, what does the future hold for Justin?
After such a successful season with the Hatters it won’t be surprising to see Justin be linked with a move away from his boyhood club, and if a Premier League or top-six Championship club make a move for the defender, Luton should not stand in the defender’s way if he wants a move to a bigger club.
The move away from London won’t also be beneficial for Justin, but a player of his quality and potential could result in a club-record sale for a player, money that Luton need if they are to survive in the Championship next season.
The Championship is an unforgiving league, and we have seen time-and-time again League One teams be promoted into the division only to fall straight back down due to a lack of squad quality and club prestige to attract the right players.
Luton are a smart enough club to know that even with their current group of players that improvements will be needed in the summer, and that selling Justin for a good transfer fee would go a long way in helping the club.
As for Justin, he will find success wherever he ends up should he be sold next summer. The 21-year-old is without question one of the most exciting talents to come through the lower leagues in some time, and his accolades this season will make him a high priority target for teams looking to strengthen in the right-back position.
Whether or not he will slot straight into a Premier League team remains to be seen, but with room to grow and a season that has put him firmly out front in the transfer shop window, it won’t be a surprise to see Justin go all the way to the top in his career.
Luton fans – how far can he go? Let us know below!
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