Doughty has no issues in playing a number of roles for the Hatters

Alfie Doughty goes up for a header against SunderlandAlfie Doughty goes up for a header against Sunderland
Alfie Doughty goes up for a header against Sunderland
Summer signing has already featured all over the pitch in his short Luton career

New boy Alfie Doughty has no problem in being asked to fill a number of different roles for the Hatters this season if required.

The summer signing from Stoke City, who was a winger by trade when he first started out with Charlton Athletic, missed the first few months of the campaign after picking up a hamstring injury in the friendly against West Ham back in July.

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After finally recovering and getting his chance in the first team, Doughty began in an attacking role during the 1-0 win at Norwich, before moving to left wingback against Watford after Luton had to alter their team around on the day of the game due to a sickness bug.

He remained a wingback for the visit of Sunderland, although this time starting on the right, before when Reading turned up on Tuesday night, he once more started in an advanced role as one of Town’s attacking midfielder’s before having to move to left wingback once more as the hosts’ bad luck with injuries struck again.

Playing in such a variety of positions on the pitch isn’t a concern to Doughty though, as he said: “The gaffer knew before he signed me how I could play a few positions and I’m happy to play wherever.

"That's just how it is sometimes, the change in formation, or change of players, so I’m used to it really.

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“If anything, playing winger is more me, however, I think nowadays you do see a lot of wingers turning into wingbacks or full backs, so I’m absolutely fine with that.

“I’ve played wingback the last two years now so I’m used to the position and happy to play there.

“That’s my strength going forward, so it does help to have that license going forward as much as going backwards.”

Although he has only been at the club for a matter of months Doughty believes the unity within the squad means that having to alter position for the good of the team is something that everyone gets on with, as he continued: “The group are quality, there’s a real togetherness in the group.

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"I think you can tell by the performances and the games that we’ve had, and how well we perform as a team, there’s no individual, it’s just collectiveness.”

During his game against the Black Cats on Saturday, Doughty earned his first assist in a Luton shirt when beating his man to reach the byline and then crossing for Carlton Morris to turn home an eighth goal of the season.

He knows that with the club’s beefed up forward line this year, it will be a dream for the wide players, adding: “If you’re going to put a ball in the box and you know there’s going to be big men in there, as Eli (Elijah Adebayo) and Carlton both scoring loads.

"You know with that kind of form, if you put the ball in the box, as long as its good enough for them, that’s all that matters.”