Date: 29th September 2016 at 12:50pm
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Against Hartlepool United, on Tuesday night, Nathan Jones gave 17-year-old Akin Famewo his Football League debut.

The teenager was called upon as the Hatters were unable to select the injured Scott Cuthbert and the summer signing Johnny Mullins who picked up an injury in training.

Famewo, playing alongside the recalled Alan Sheehan gave an assured performance and definitely looks destined for a distinguished career in the game.

A product of the Youth Academy, Famewo was joined in the back-four by another graduate in James Justin, making it one of the youngest back-fours Luton have fielded.

Throw into the mix the fact that Frankie Musonda, another talented youngster was on the bench and you can clearly see the Youth Academy is starting to produce some excellent players.

Talking about giving Famewo his chance, Nathan Jones had this to say to the media,

‘Scotty Cuthbert got injured at the weekend, so did Johnny Mullins. His hamstring was problematic, so we didn’t risk him, but we don’t need to risk him because of what we have here, in terms of Akin and Frankie Musonda.

‘We have a wealth of riches in our young players and we trust them. He [Akin] was outstanding and he’s going to be a top player. He has all the attributes and he’s ours and we’re proud of him.

‘James Justin was equally as good and then you look at people like Alex Gilliead, who contributed, I’m really proud of them.’


And as for playing alongside the 17-year-old, Alan Sheehan had this to add,

‘Him and Frankie Musonda are two very good centre backs. Let’s not forget about Frankie. Frankie is a very good, young player and he’ll be given his chance at some time as well. But Akin came in and got the nod and he was absolutely brilliant.

‘I’ve been doing a lot of work with Akin. He’s a great listener and he really wants it. It’s great to have somebody with a hunger to do well and I’ll keep helping him as long as he wants it and he did absolutely great. I’m delighted for him.

‘I’ve always believed, even when I was a young boy, that age is only a number. These lads are good enough. Whether they get a few games this year and kick on next year, they’ll keep progressing.

‘It’s a great bunch of lads, you’ve got Akin, JJ, Frankie, Zane Banton and Tyreeq Bakinson and the good thing about them, they’ve all got an unbelievable attitude. They’re a credit to be around and they wouldn’t be around us if they weren’t good enough.

‘You can see a few lads come through with a chip on their shoulder but it’s not like that here. They’re a great bunch of lads and they’ll all get a chance at some stage.’

The future is looking bright, the future is looking orange!