MOT View: Leeds could get boost as star Luton man set for late fitness test
We’ve got to admit something. We’ve been really glad that Izzy Brown has rediscovered his form at Luton Town after a miserable loan spell with Leeds United.
Right, now that’s out of the way, we can also say that we’d be very happy if he wasn’t available for selection for the game at Kenilworth Road tomorrow.
He limped out of the game against Nottingham Forest on November 2 and missed the 3-0 loss against Reading ahead of the international break.
It seemed like he was going to be fit to play against Leeds but in his press conference on Friday afternoon, Graeme Jones admitted that it would be touch and go.
Luton skipper Sonny Bradley will be available after his wife gave birth last Friday.
However, as for Brown, Jones said, “Obviously in a three-game week, you don’t want to take any unnecessary risks, because we want him available, so we’ll assess it again in the morning.”
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According to a tweet from Opta on Friday, Brown heads the table for chances created in the Championship.
6 – The top six @SkyBetChamp players in 2019-20 for chances created per 90 mins (500+ mins played):
4.0 – Isaiah Brown & Niclas Eliasson
3.8 – John Swift
2.9 – Fran Villalba
2.8 – Saïd Benrahma & Pablo Hernández
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 22, 2019
He’s got five assists in his last seven games and Jones has admitted previously that his side is bereft of creativity without the Chelsea man.
Talking after his injury, Jones said (as quoted in Luton Today), “Izzy’s our most creative player and he has to play if we’re going to stay in the league. He has to play, it’s as simple as that.”
Without Brown in their side, Luton had an xG of just 0.33 in their game against Reading – their lowest of the season [WyScout]. We don’t want to be complacent, but Leeds have the best defence in the league and we’d be very happy to face them without their biggest threat.
Like Leeds, Luton face three games in a single week and they might opt to keep Brown fresh for the relatively easier games against Brentford and Charlton, than risk him against Leeds and lose him to injury again.
We can but hope. Sorry, Izzy.
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