Could a tactical change be on the cards at Luton Town? your thought

Could a tactical change be on the cards at Luton Town?

The 3-5-2 has been a Luton Town staple since the 2021/22 Championship season and was pivotal in taking us to the Championship Play-Offs two seasons running, but is it time to think about changing system?

It’s a debate that’s been growing in intensity given our early struggles in the Premier League. It was fuelled further after Rob Edwards switched to a 3-4-3 in the 3-2 win over Gillingham in the Carabao Cup, and then set alight following the deadline day addition of Albert Sambi Lokonga on loan from Arsenal.

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We’ve only played three Premier League games and those haven’t exactly given us a large and representative sample to draw conclusions from, but a change is feasible given the versatility we have in the squad. So why not, as a thought exercise in nothing else, look at some of the options available to us?

Back Three or Back Four?

Switching to a back four seems like an enormous leap given how accustomed we’ve become to playing with a three (or five). Factor in that we’ve recruited for our current system and now have 7 centre-backs at the club, and it seems even more implausible.

The counterarguments are:

A) If the next few outings in the league with the current setup are an absolute disaster, we might be forced into something radical.


B) With Gabe Osho and Dan Potts out for a prolonged period, and Reece Burke and Teden Mengi being very injury-prone, a back four doesn’t seem quite such a misuse of resources.

So, in this article, I’ll be presenting a range of systems built on 3- and 4-man backlines for you to run the rule over.

Exploring the Options: Possible Systems and Line-ups

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