Marriott backed to become a 30-goal striker for Hatters

Town striker Jack Marriott has been backed by boss John Still to become a 30-goal a season marksman during his Luton career.

By Mike Simmonds
Friday, 27th November 2015, 10:28 am
Jack Marriott celebrates goal number eight of the season
Jack Marriott celebrates goal number eight of the season

The summer signing from Ipswich has already scored eight times in 19 games for the club, with his latest effort coming against Carlisle in midweek.

Andre Gray was the last Hatter to reach 30 goals, during the Conference winning season in 2013-14, although Still is confident Marriott can eventually follow suit.

He said: “I think Jack’s going to become a top player, I really do. He reminds us a lot of Craig (Mackail-Smith) when Craig was younger, they’re very, very similar.

“Losing someone of 30 goals is not easy to replace, almost impossible and if could have that, we’d be selling them in no time.

“Although we believe that Jack could become that 30 goal man, we do, we think he’s got that in his locker.”

It’s not just Marriott who can thrive this year according to Still, who believes Luton, already the third top scorers in the division with 32 so far, can get a number of players past 10 for the campaign.

That would be a marked difference on last term where Luton struggled desperately in front of goal, with Mark Cullen top scorer on 14, followed by Jake Howells and Luke Rooney on five, with Rooney’s not even playing after January.

Still added: “We know that Greeny (Danny Green) can get double figures, I’d be shocked if Cam (Cameron McGeehan) doesn’t get double figures this year, I’d be shocked if Josh (McQuoid) doesn’t get double figures this year.

“We felt that we could bring in people that can score goals so the spread might be more, and we think we’ve got goals in our team in lots of different areas which was one thing we tried to improve.

“We’ve got midfield players who can score too and we made a conscious effort at the end of last season, start of this season, to make us a little bit better in terms of attacking.”