Luton manager gives update on Khanya Leshabela


Luton boss Nathan Jones has given an update on Khanya Leshabela’s situation at the club.

The English Championship side are looking to add more players to the squad before the transfer window closes on the 31st of August.

Jones has so far brought in eight players at Kenilworth Road, the latest being Leicester City forward Admiral Muskwe, who had his first run-out in Saturday’s 3-1 win against Bedford Town in a pre-season friendly.

Although the coach has everyone he wants in place, he is still hopeful of a further addition.

“One more which we hope to do and that’s it really then, unless something ultra special becomes available, we’re pretty much done all over the pitch,” he told the club’s official

“It’s been a successful window and then we’ll just be tailing everything down for the beginning of the season.”

When asked whether that incoming player would be Leicester midfielder Khanya Leshabela who is currently on trial with the Hatters, and also featured at Meadow Park, Jones said a decision is still going to be made about the youngster.

“Lesha’s slightly different, he’s done really well since he’s been here, so there’s a conversation to be had. He’s not the one, there’ll be one extra, one that we believe should be coming in, and then that finishes us.

“But Lesha is another that we’ve had and it’s a decision what we do with him, but I think he’s done really well since he’s been here.

“We’re really pleased, he’s got a real good attitude, real athletic in terms of what he does, no fear, has settled in with everyone, we’re very pleased with him.

“Obviously we can’t take everyone as if we do, we’ll have three teams and that’s not what we’re about here.

“So there will be one or two decisions to make on a few as we get towards the start of the season and the close of the window and then we go from here.”

If Leshabela does join though from the Foxes, it is likely to be on a permanent basis for the South African youth international.

“We’d probably prefer not to take loans if I’m honest.

“We don’t need to take loans, we’ve got a real full squad of players that we’re really happy with and they are ours.

“We take a loan if we can’t get then as they’re probably slightly out of our reach or the club don’t want to do that, but they improve us significantly like Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall last year.

“We knew that he would improve us significantly so he was worth the fact we took a loan.

“At the minute are there many out there? That’s not the case so we probably won’t be taking loans.”

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By FARPost reporter