Jones wants Pereira to learn how to put his 'body on the line for points' during Bradford loan stint

Attacker heads to Valley Parade for the rest of the season

By Mike Simmonds
Saturday, 8th January 2022, 9:15 am
Updated Saturday, 8th January 2022, 9:16 am
Town attacker Dion Pereira in action during pre-season
Town attacker Dion Pereira in action during pre-season

Luton chief Nathan Jones wants attacker Dion Pereira to learn to 'put his body on the line for points' after completing a loan move to League Two Bradford City for the rest of the season this week.

The talented 22-year-old has impressed at Kenilworth Road since being brought into the development squad back in November 2020, quickly training with the first team and making his Championship debut last season.

Pereira, who has played twice in the Premier League for Watford and also been at Major League Soccer side Atlanta United, then penned a pro deal in August last year, and caught the eye with his cameo during the Carabao Cup first round exit to Stevenage.

Despite looking an excellent prospect, the forward is yet to really show what he can do in a first team situation, as a disappointing loan spell at National League side Yeovil Town lasted one game, as he remained on the fringes of Town's second tier squad on his return.

Jones now believes his switch to Valley Parade, to join a Bantams side managed by former Morecambe boss Derek Adams, who are looking to win promotion back to League One this term, will be a real test of his inner desire, as he said: "It’s a really good move.

“We had a few enquiries about Dion, but we felt this was right.

"I know the work that Derek does with teams, with players, he did a fantastic job with Carlos (Mendes Gomes), so we’re hoping he can do the same with Dion.

“We felt it was really important that Dion goes out and plays game and learns the importance of not just being a wonderful technical player that can create, but one that has to put his body on the line for points.

"Bradford’s a big club, they get similar crowds to us in League Two.

"They’ve got a manager there that’s been promoted from the level and is expected to get them promoted again as that’s why he would have gone there, and that's why they would have employed him.

"So it's a real good loan and I spoke to Derek as I know him, we’ve come up against each other and it will be a good loan for both.”