Cohen: New signing Adebayo is doing all he can to be a success at Luton

Town coach has been hugely impressed by the efforts of recent addition

Thursday, 4th March 2021, 10:28 am
Updated Thursday, 4th March 2021, 10:37 am
New Luton striker Elijah Adebayo

New Hatters striker Elijah Adebayo is giving himself the best chance of having a fine career in the game according to Town first team coach Chris Cohen.

The attacker has made some start to life at Kenilworth Road, scoring on his full debut against Millwall last Tuesday night and then adding a late winner in Luton’s stunning 3-2 victory over Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.

Although it is early stages in his Luton spell, when asked just how far he thinks the ex-Walsall forward can go, Cohen said: “It’s really early days but you can only make as good an impression over two weeks as he’s been able to.

“His hold up play has been excellent, in terms of technically, he’s a very good footballer.

"He understands the game and probably the best thing, which no-one would’ve seen unless they’ve been told, he’s desperate to get better.

“He comes in and asks us for his individual clips from the games, he does extras with the sports science staff and, hopefully, if he stays consistent with that it shows that, not only technically and physically is he a good footballer, but he really wants to understand the game as well.

“If you put all them three things together then you’ve got every chance of playing in the top league, not just the Championship.

“It’s only a start, but it’s a brilliant start and he’s made a really good impact on the football club, which is what you ask any new signing to do.

"He’s been great since he’s come in.”

When asked about his winner on Saturday, a towering header at the far post, boss Nathan Jones added: “It’s the work we do with them, we put them in those areas, two, three times a week and make sure the deliveries are right.

"A great ball from Harry Cornick and it’s just the work and he’s listening, he’s taking that on board.”

Adebayo continued his fine form during Tuesday night's 1-0 win at Nottingham Forest, as although he wasn't on the scoresheet himself, he played the lone striker's role impressively during the first half, becoming a greater threat after the break when Luton went to a 4-3-3.

He saw one effort saved by Brice Samba, before setting up Jordan Clark for an attempt too, as Cohen knows the forward is well aware he has to maintain his performance levels if he wants to continue keeping some big players out of the side.

He added: "He was reasonable unknown to us, or to me personally coming in, but he's come in, he’s young, he’s bright and wants to work, wants to learn.

"He wants to do his clips and wants help from the analysts, the coaches, wants to do extras so in terms of making an impact, you couldn’t have asked for anymore.

"We all know it is only two games but he’s made a brilliant start and long may it continue because he knows he has to play well because he has got brilliant players like Danny Hylton and James Collins not playing as much as they’d like at the moment.

"Players that have been there and been absolute stalwarts of this football club for years.

"Elijah has obviously done brilliantly and he needs to continue to keep the form he is because he has great players behind him which I think helps him knowing he has to do it week-in, week-out.