Luton Youngster Finally Gets To Make His Debut But..

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I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that the starting XI Nathan Jones picked yesterday, didn’t surprise me.

I expected some changes, but Nathan went for wholesale changes and chose to give debuts to Jed Steer and Elliot Thorpe.

But, although there were nine changes from the team that won, at Swansea, in midweek, it was the inclusion of Elliot Thorpe that especially caught my attention.

Ahead of the game, Nathan had hinted he might be involved, something that convinced me to run a poll asking the simple question:

Should Elliot Thorpe Start Against Cambridge United?

With just the two options to select from, a resounding 81% went for the YES option, while only 19% went for the NO option.

But, given his first start since signing on the dotted line, back in September, how did young Elliot do?

Well, on the whole, he coped well.

He provided the dead-ball delivery for Reece Burke to had home the opening goal and did his part, although he didn’t see much possession, in keeping the midfield ticking over.

But what struck me was how slight he was, and I can see why Nathan considers him as one for the future, once he bulks out, I’m sure he’ll become one to watch.

Unfortunately for Elliot, his debut lasted just 69 minutes before he was withdrawn, after picking up a knock, hopefully it was nothing too serious.

On his debut, I’d give him 6.5 out of 10, but is that a rating you’d agree with?

Please feel free to have your say in the comment facility beneath this article.


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  • Chris winter says:

    Morning mh, I would have given him a 4-5 for someone with such a reputation he was a little disappointing for me. Its early so no problem but he doesn’t look ready for the championship to me an needs to go out on loan.

  • jimbo says:

    difficult to rate players today, new faces in the team. thorpe has a lovely touch on dead ball deliveries,but he needs to bulk up. gomes also gets knocked off the ball,but what a well taken goal. they looked a bit disjointed ,but with game time together they might have reached my 4-0 prediction. good workmanlike performance today. cambridge pass the ball really well,thank god they could’nt score. can’t wait for next apponents.COYH

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