While Championship side Queens Park Rangers are set to improve on last season’s abysmal 18th place finish, it still has been a campaign on inconsistency for the R’s. Despite this midfield regular Massimo Luongo has impressed this term and is set for a tug-of-war this summer between fellow Londoners Crystal Palace and Promotion chasers Aston Villa.
This campaign the Australian international has notched 6 goals and 3 assists in 38 appearances so far. While the numbers don’t rack up too favourable for the Ozzie Native he is doing this in an, in all due respect poor side at times with critical errors more frequent than goals at Loftus Road for the home side.
With quick feet, a brilliant footballing brain and passes to make De Bruyne jealous all packed into a 5ft 8 frame it is clear why the former Spurs youngster is picking up interest. Whenever I have gone to the pint-sized Loftus Road the Australian dynamo looks anything but small, flying full speed into the opposition defence more often or not managing to break through.
Even going back QPR’s number 21 puts in the numbers averaging 4 defensive actions per game and winning 51% of his aerial duels. To put that into perspective fellow Australian and Aston Villa midfielder Mile Jedinak only has a 47% average aerial duel success despite being a 6ft 2 giant. In fact, Luongo matches Manchester United Stalwart Nemanja Matic’s aerial duel success both tied on 51%!
At the other end of the pitch while Goals haven’t always been part of his game netting just 7 in 102 appearances in West London the midfielder is improving this tally season after season. With the skill, he possesses the former Swindon Town man is surely worth a gamble for any Top Championship or Premier League side.
With Villa secured to at least finish in the play-off positions and Crystal Palace looking to stave off relegation yet again it really is anyone’s guess where Luongo will end up at come summer’s end.
QPR scout and close advisor to Luongo David Magrone stated regarding the rumours “Mass is doing nothing different but the big change is that he’s been scoring and that gets you in the headlines.”
Boss Ian Holloway having guided the West Londoners to 15th place (of time of writing) will know the importance of the ever-energetic midfielder. Yet with a world record £40 million fine to pay for breaking Financial Fair Play in the 2013/14 season it may be a financial decision more than anything else to let Luongo leave. While the 25-year-old is currently valued at £4 million (according to transfermarkt) I wouldn’t be surprised if the figure reaches in excess of £8 million or even higher should Luongo have a good world cup, a steal considering the current transfer market.
Wherever the midfielder heads to next, you can be assured he will be one of the most consistent performers in whatever league he plays in. While QPR are currently on the up this Australian star may be set to surpass Loftus Road and the Championship all together, and make his mark in the Premier League.
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