Jones insists Foxes midfielder Dewsbury-Hall is as good a loan signing as he has made during his time with Luton

Hatters manager impressed by the manner in which 22-year-old has integrated into the squad

Thursday, 29th April 2021, 2:49 pm
Hatters on-loan midfielder Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall

Luton boss Nathan Jones insists Leicester City midfielder Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall has been as good a loan signing as he has made during his time at Kenilworth Road.

A quick look back through Jones’ two spells in charge of the Hatters shows he has made 18 temporary additions in total, four of them this season, Dewsbury-Hall, Rhys Norrington-Davies, Tom Ince and Sam Nombe.

The Hatters manager has also brought in Alan Sheehan, Glen Rea, Flynn Downes, George Thorne, Andrew Shinnie, Jorge Grant, Eunan O'Kane, Alex Gilliead, Christian Walton, Matt Macey, Stuart Moore, Ollie Palmer, Joe Pigott and Jonathan Mitchell during his tenure, with three of them, Sheehan, Rea and Shinnie penning permanent deals after impressive stints.

On where Dewsbury-Hall ranks among the signings, Jones said: “He’s as good as I’ve had as Luton manager.

“We haven’t taken many loans, so he hasn’t got a hell of a lot of competition, but we took Alan Sheehan and Glen Rea on loan initially and they’ve turned into wonderful signings.

“It would be very difficult to compare them, so in terms of the quality and the level we’re at, he’s been as good as anyone.

"People like Glen, people like Alan Sheehan, really did at the time catapult us to the start of the journey of being a top side and we took Eunan O’Kane on loan initially who would have been an outstanding player for us bar the injury.

"So we haven't taken many loans, but when we have we think we’ve taken real good ones.”

There was a stat on social media this week that showed Dewsbury-Hall, who has played 37 times for Town this term, with two goals and seven assists, has created an impressive 65 chances for the Hatters, which was one more than the combined efforts of PSG striker Kylian Mbappe and Portuguese legend Ronaldo, currently with Juventus.

Jones felt it showed just how good a player the 22-year-old has been for Town this season, adding: “He’s been excellent and I believed he would be.

“The thing about Kiernan is we couldn’t have anyone more integrated if we’d signed them.

"Look at some like Pelly (Mpanzu) and Pottsy (Dan Potts) who have been here since the Conference days, and they couldn’t be any more ingrained in the DNA of us than Kiernan.

"That’s been the great thing as a lot of people are sceptical about loans, as they think their heart might not be in it when you really need, but that’s the polar opposite of Kiernan.

"To be fair, he’s been a real leader, not a ranter or a raver, but the way that he performs, and the way that he is.

"He’s been a great signing and we’re delighted to have had him.”