It’s been quite some time since Arsenal have raided Luton Town’s Academy…fifteen years in fact. After moves for the talismanic John Hartson in 1995 and the legendary Matthew Upson in 1997 a third Hatter has become a Gunner with the news that Tarum Dawkins is set to move to N5.
What do you mean you’ve never heard of him? Shame on you! Turns out Tarum is something of a wing wizard and according to the official Luton website was wanted by 14 Premier League clubs before he decided to sign on at the Emirates.
The only problem for Gunners fans hoping for a glimpse of the new acquisition is that he’s only 16-years-old so, in all likelihood, won’t be seeing any first team action in the near future.
Here’s what Luton’s head of youth development, Gregg Broughton, has to say on his protégé and the manner in which Arsenal have conducted themselves in negotiations over the course of the last few months.
“He is very quick both with and without the football, can play off both feet and therefore he will fit in very well with Arsenal’s style of play,” he told Lutontown.co.uk
“Playing on either wing he is capable of beating full backs on both the inside and outside making him very difficult to play against.
“We never like to lose talented players from the club, but after sitting down with Tarum and his family last month we recognised that he was desperate to join Arsenal, and as I have said before, if players are unsettled and wish to look elsewhere, and the deal is right for all parties, then it is the most sensible way to progress.
“We would like to thank Arsenal for the professional manner in which they have conducted themselves and wish Tarum the very best for his ongoing career.”
Luton currently play in the fifth tier of English football in the Conference National division; an intriguing state of affairs given the success they enjoyed the late eighties making Gus Caesar play like Gus Caesar in the 1988 League Cup final.
For all you mentalists who make their mind up about players based on YouTube clips, here’s a video of some boys playing in the park. Apparently one of them is Dawkins.