Luton Town are surely closing in on promotion to the Championship.
A 28-game unbeaten run prior to their 3-1 defeat to Charlton Athletic last weekend was the catalyst for their rise up the standings and creating an advantage at the summit.
There are just three games of the season remaining – Luton will play AFC Wimbledon, Burton Albion and Oxford United – and promotion seems likely.
But, after coming up from League Two last season, can Luton again pull up trees next season? Could they even seal another shock promotion and, in 2020-21, could we see the club in the Premier League?
Football FanCast writers give their verdict…
“Luton’s rise over the past two seasons has been magnificent and it will be fascinating to see how they cope after a number of years away from the Championship. However, after back-to-back promotions, it’s hard to see them being prepared to make the step up once again. As we’ve seen over the last few campaigns they’ve had goals in them on a regular basis but I’m struggling to see with the current personnel where they’d come from in a higher league. Danny Hylton and James Collins have managed to do it at their current level but I feel Luton will come crashing back down to earth next season.”
“There’s no doubt Luton will need to be wise in the transfer market to ensure they are well prepared for the step up in class next season, but I see no reason why they can’t hold their own in the Championship. Plenty of clubs have managed to steer well clear of relegation in the Championship after earning promotion from League One and with Mick Harford in charge Luton are well placed to do exactly that. The gulf in class is significantly smaller than that which separates the Championship and the Premier League, and with Luton reigning supreme in third-tier football, they could be a surprise package at a higher level next season.”
“It will be a struggle for Luton no doubt, but they do have a couple of things in their favour. The momentum you can get from two successive promotions will be unbelievable. In addition, they can make Kenilworth Road a real fortress as the bigger teams won’t relish having to go to a smaller stadium like theirs. That is something the club must embrace as a whole, and create an atmosphere that will be difficult for opposition sides to deal with. This is their chance to prove they are officially back.”