Luton Town manager Nathan Jones believes a Premier League move could come too soon for Elijah Adebayo amid reported interest from Newcastle United, speaking to Luton Today.
It’s been quite the rise for Adebayo.
Less than 12 months ago, the 6ft 4ins targetman was playing for Walsall in the fourth-tier.
One year on, he has bullied and battered his way onto the radar of the so-called ‘richest football club on planet earth’.
According to The Chronicle, Newcastle watched Adebayo in action before Christmas.
The London-born 24-year-old, who started his career at Fulham, has taken to the Championship like the proverbial duck to water. He’s scored 10 times in 19 starts this season for a mid-table club.
But Jones feels Adebayo has a lot to learn before can make his mark in the top-flight.
Would Newcastle be the wrong move for Elijah Adebayo?
“The worst thing that can happen is if he rushes the decision or makes a kneejerk one,” says Jones, who returned to Luton for a second spell after a disastrous stint at Stoke City.
“He’s only a year into his proper Championship career. He needs more time and time and goals and learning will only do him good.”
Luton paid just £250,000 for Adebayo. It’s fair to say he would cost a lot more these days.
How much would Adebayo cost?
“If anyone wants to come in for Elijah then we have a valuation which is extremely strong,” Jones adds. “So it would only need to be serious bidders.”
“But we don’t anticipate Elijah going in this window just because it doesn’t make sense for us.
“I’m not sure it will make sense for Elijah to jump this early without having the real tools behind him to go and impact the next level.
“We don’t just want to sell him to the Premier League.
“We want him to one) go to the right club, and two) go to a club where is ready to really impact and doesn’t come off the bench for five minutes, play for their 23s and end up going on loan to a Championship club that is apparently better than ours.”
Jones and co can probably breathe a little easier today, then. Especially after the nouveau-riche Magpies broke the bank for another 6ft-something targetman in the Adebayo mould.
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