THE SECRET SCOUT: Luton striker Elijah Adebayo is a strong target

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THE SECRET SCOUT: Luton forward Elijah Adebayo is a strong goalkeeper and he forces fouls with his determination and energy

  • The 6ft 4in forward, who was signed by Walsall in February, still has a lot to learn
  • The 23-year-old makes himself a strong target when he has to receive the play
  • He has long legs and can seem a little uncoordinated, but he gets his shots away

Our scout is a top football expert who attends matches every week in search of the next star.

This week, Luton forward Elijah Adebayo is in the spotlight …

WHAT DOES HE HAVE?

It illustrates the Luton staff’s belief in this young player that he was not replaced by a more experienced forward when they were desperate to score a goal in a recent game I watched.

Signed by Walsall, this 1.8 m long striker still has a lot to learn. But he will soon improve with more 90 minutes on the field. He makes himself a strong target when he faces the game to receive.

Every time the ball is wide, it takes good positions on the diagonal in the hope of an accurate cross. He has long legs and can seem a little uncoordinated, but he gets his shots away. His manager would be happy with his determination, energy and closure. As a result, he forces mistakes and helps his team to recover the ball early.

When I saw him he didn’t score but made chances for teammates.

Luton's Elijah Adebayo (left) makes himself a strong target when he has to face the game to receive

Luton’s Elijah Adebayo (left) makes himself a strong target when he has to face the game to receive

WHAT DOES HE NEED?

He is technically adept at taking care of the ball, but this can improve with more mobility work.

Straight-legged, he shows good skills that should keep improving. He will have to work on his gear, but more importantly, he should work on improving his strengths. In this game, his central defender could not relax.

At Luton, he has Mick Harford – an excellent striker in his day – to help him out and provided he keep his zest for the game and play regularly he will only improve.

Adebayo has long legs and can seem a bit uncoordinated, but he gets his shots away

Adebayo has long legs and can seem a bit uncoordinated, but he gets his shots away

Adebayo has long legs and can seem a bit uncoordinated, but he gets his shots away

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