Match Preview | Luton Town vs. Cardiff City
OPPOSITION FOCUS | IN THE DUGOUT
In the dugout at Kenilworth Road is Rob Edwards, who has been in the role since November 2022, taking over from Nathan Jones, who departed for Southampton.
During his playing days, Edwards represented the likes of Aston Villa, Wolves, Blackpool and Barnsley, as well as making 15 caps for Wales.
Since retiring, the Welshman has had spells at AFC Telford United, Wolves U23s, England U16s, and Forest Green Rovers, winning the League Two title with the latter.
It was his achievements with Rovers that earned him a move to Watford, where he had a short spell prior to his move to Luton Town.
OPPOSITION FOCUS | KEY PLAYER
The Hatters’ main danger is striker Carlton Morris, who has impressed since signing from Barnsley in the summer.
Morris has netted 11 goals so far this term, averaging a goal every 181 minutes, with a shot accuracy of 60%.
The attacker has also contributed with creativity, accumulating six assists in the league campaign.
OPPOSITION FOCUS | JANUARY BUSINESS
So far in the January transfer window, two players have left Kenilworth Road, starting with goalkeeper Matt Macey. The 28-year-old has joined Portsmouth on loan for the remainder of the campaign, making his debut in a 2-0 win over Fleetwood Town.
Also departing the Hatters is right-back James Bree, who has followed former boss Jones to Southampton, for a reported fee of £750,000. The defender amassed 93 league appearances during his three-year spell at the club, scoring on two occasions.
Manager Edwards has utilised the loan market to replace Bree, signing Leeds United’s Cody Drameh on loan until the end of the campaign.
Drameh had a successful loan spell at City last season, where he quickly became a popular figure with the Bluebirds fanbase and went on to be named both Player of the Season and Young Player of the Season.
CLUB CONNECTION | ALFIE DOUGHTY
Tuesday evening’s fixture could see City face off against another player who had a spell on loan with the Bluebirds last season.
Alfie Doughty moved to the Welsh capital from Stoke City in the January transfer window and made nine Championship appearances, scoring in a 2-1 victory over Reading.
In June 2022, Doughty moved to Luton Town for an undisclosed fee and netted his first goal for the Hatters with a fine finish in a 3-0 win over Queens Park Rangers.