Luton Town manager Nathan Jones isn’t surprised by the impact Elliot Thorpe has made since joining from Spurs, telling Luton Today “you’d expect that coming from Tottenham”.
Perhaps inspired by the impact Noni Madueke has had at PSV Eindhoven, 20-year-old Thorpe took a leaf out of the winger’s book in May.
Tottenham Hotspur hoped to tie the Wales U21 international down to a new, long-term contract. Thorpe, however, had other plans, rejecting the chance to extend his stay in north London in favour of regular first-team football elsewhere.
Premier League rivals Leicester City, Brentford and Burnley all missed out on Thorpe following a “row” over a compensation fee that would have to be paid to Spurs.
And their loss could be Luton’s gain with the Championship outfit snapping up one of the country’s most exciting up-and-coming midfielders on a free transfer a fortnight ago.
Luton boss hails impact of former Tottenham starlet Elliot Thorpe
“(Elliot) has settled quickly, trust me on that one,” says Jones, hailing Thorpe’s performance during a 1-1 draw with Bournemouth U23s on Tuesday.
“He’s been brought in as a young, hungry player who’s got good pedigree from Tottenham. We’re delighted to have him. He’s got something different from the others.
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“I thought he was excellent on Tuesday. He’s confident alright, whether that’s on the pitch or off it, he’s as confident as you like – but you’d expect that coming from Tottenham.
“He’s a good kid. We’re delighted we’ve got him here. He’s settled quickly.
“It’s just now, can he get to a level where we’re trusting him and relying on him to win Championship games?”
Thorpe has yet to make his league bow for Luton but you’d imagine he’ll find first-team opportunities easier to come by than he would have at Leicester, Burnley or Brentford, not to mention Tottenham Hotspur.