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Fred Onyedinma emerges as Luton Town's vital asset in survival quest

Luton Town's manager, Rob Edwards, underscores the pivotal role of Lagos-born winger Fred Onyedinma in the Hatters' battle for Premier League survival.

With injuries plaguing the squad and relegation looming, Onyedinma's return to action after a ten-month absence injects hope into Luton Town's campaign.

Ahead of their upcoming clash against Arsenal on Wednesday, Luton Town find themself mired in relegation trouble, having accumulated 22 points with just eight rounds remaining in the 2023-2024 Premier League season. Compounded by an injury crisis, which has sidelined nearly half the squad, including notable names like Elijah Adebayo, Gabriel Osho, and Chiedozie Ogbene, the Hatters face a daunting challenge.

With key players like Thomas Lockyer, Amari'i Bell, and Marvelous Nakamba among those nursing injuries, doubts loom over their availability for the crucial fixture against Arsenal. Amidst this adversity, Edwards is compelled to rely on Onyedinma, who recently made his long-awaited return to action during Luton Town's 2-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.

Explaining his decision to introduce Onyedinma into the fray during the Tottenham encounter, Edwards highlighted the winger's tactical acumen, particularly his ability to cope with the threat posed by Tottenham's marauding fullback, Pedro Porro. "We needed his speed with (Pedro) Porro who was causing one or two problems then. So when Chongy had to come off, I thought Fred’s speed then was the right thing to do," Edwards remarked in an interview with Luton Today.

Onyedinma's cameo against Tottenham marked his first competitive appearance since November 24, 2023, underscoring his importance to Luton Town's survival aspirations in the gruelling Premier League campaign.

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