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Opinion: Former West Ham man could benefit from Luton manager change

Whenever there is a manager change at a football club there are winners and losers, with the incumbent liking players that his predecessor didn’t and not liking some who the man before him did, and that will be no different with the return of Nathan Jones to Luton Town.

One man who is likely to benefit is Elliot Lee, a player who was frozen out under Graeme Jones, but who enjoyed a golden period in his career under the new Hatters boss.

Until the change in manager took place, it appeared the West Ham academy product was surplus to requirements at Kenilworth Road and would surely be moving on in the summer, but the 25-year-old could just have received a lifeline for his Luton career.

Another man who could well benefit from the managerial switch is Andrew Shinnie. The midfielder was criminally underused by Graeme Jones as it was, but he was pivotal to the success under Nathan Jones, especially in the League One winning season where he was the beginning of that famous axis of play that often led to Jack Stacey crossing for James Collins to score.

With the Championship set to be played out in the height of summer, the ability to retain possession of the football is going to be an even greater requirement than it normally would be at this level, and that is right up the street of the Scot.

He is as comfortable in possession of the ball as anyone in the Town squad, and if safety is to be achieved you get the feeling that he will have a big role to play under the man who brought him to Kenilworth Road.

Undoubtedly there will be others who have will benefit from more game time than they have enjoyed so far this term, along with those who find their impact reducing from earlier in the campaign, but Shinnie and Lee could be the biggest beneficiaries of the return of Jones.

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