Luton boss Nathan Jones has warned any clubs interested in signing Elijah Adebayo when the transfer windows open that they will need ‘a hell of a checkbook’ to try to shoo away the best Town scorer from Kenilworth Road.
The 23-year-old has been a revelation since arriving from League Two Walsall in February, scoring five goals in his first 18 appearances as Luton finished 12th in the Championship.
This term he has taken his and the Hatters’ game to a new level as after a goal in the first 3-0 win over Peterborough he has added seven more in his last eight outings to sit in the lead of the club’s scoring charts out of eight.
If Adebayo maintains such form over the next few months there will no doubt be second tier clubs and most likely the Premier League considering him as a potential option once January rolls around, but a defiant Jones said: “If someone is interested in Elijah they need a hell of a checkbook because he’s scoring goals at a wonderful league club and young goalscorers of his size, stature, pace, power , of its ability to learn, they are not cheap.
“So if someone is going to come in then they better be ready to be serious because they are way off their cap so we think the longer they stay with us the better off they will be.
“If we have an asset now that is worth, I don’t know, a billion pounds, then in six months it will be worth two, now that’s what we believe and that’s all we can say.
“There’s nothing really, he hasn’t achieved anything yet.
“He’s had a year in the league, not even a year of league football, scored good goals, he’s learning, he’s developing his full game and that’s the most important thing.
“Develop a full game, keep scoring goals, and then if the right move comes up for him, which we’re a million miles a minute from, then we can consider that and advise him, because it’s not only us who try to cash in, we never do that.
“Anyone leaving here, someone like James Justin, James could have gone to 15 clubs, but Leicester was the right club.
“So until that happens there’s nothing to discuss anyway, but it’s far too premature for us to talk about it and he still has a lot to do for Luton.”