We are just two games into Simon Sluga’s Championship career and the goalkeeper has arguably cost Luton Town three points already.
The Croatia international arrived at Kenilworth Road a hero after his penalty saving masterclass inspired Rijeka to cup glory last season. But, as it stands, Sluga could hardly be further away from hero status with the Hatters.
Sluga’s Luton debut was overshadowed, understandably so, by a spill that Massimo Taibi would have been proud of to gift Britt Assombalonga the easiest of goals in that 3-3 draw with Middlesbrough.
And, with 96 minutes on the clock, Sluga’s decision to charge off his line against Cardiff City on Saturday cost Graeme Jones’ side dear once again. He completely missed a wicked Junior Hoilett cross and was stuck in no man’s land as Isaac Vassell glanced in a dramatic, last-gasp winner.
Derby instead signed a proven, experienced Championship shot-stopper in Ben Hamer, while Sheffield United succeeding in bringing the brilliant England U21 international Dean Henderson back to Bramall Lane from Manchester United.
For Sluga, meanwhile, things can only get better. The raw potential is clear for all to see but surely he cannot afford another high-profile clanger?
It is a schoolboy error by Sluga. Great tip onto the bar earlier but if you are going to come out there you MUST get the ball .— C R S (@ChrisSharples20) August 10, 2019
Watched Luton Town on Quest - that new keeper Sluga is looking well dodgy— Dave McK ⚪️ (@DaveMcKFlit) August 10, 2019
Sluga cost us more points. Last chance saloon. Another clanger and he needs to be dropped— Rainbow International Loughborough and Walsall (@Rainbowleics) August 10, 2019
Having seen the goals I’d say Sluga is at fault for the first but Bradley the second— Rich Hardy (@richyhardy) August 10, 2019
Just seen the goal again, outstanding centre by Hoilett, Sluga is a long way from reaching it. He is a fine athletic keeper, but an improvement in commanding his six yard box is needed.— Paul Wright (@MISTERPDW) August 10, 2019
Sluga had that coming today mind, embarrassing amount of time wasting— Brittany (@brittjteague) August 10, 2019
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