Massimo Luongo loving life in 100mph Championship
Blackpool v Ipswich: He might have had no choice over where he was spending the season on loan.
But Massimo Luongo has no complaints about ending up at Ipswich Town after a whirlwind start to his first full competitive season.
The 19-year-old has quickly become a key member of Paul Jewell’s new-look side, impressing everyone with his tenacious tackling and passing ability alongside fellow youngster Luke Hyam.
And while the midfield duo might have fresh competition in the ranks as Jewell’s looks to tie up a deal for Sengalese international Guirane N’Daw, Tottenham loanee Luongo has backed himself to keep shining in the hustle and bustle of the Championship.
He said: “This league is all I have ever experienced – it is full-on and 100 miles an hour. But I have settled in well and I am enjoying playing in front of these great fans.
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“It wasn’t my choice to be honest – Tottenham sent me out here, but I am happy I got such a good club. And Tottenham is not my focus at the moment. I am here at Ipswich and I will do my best for them and try and help them get into the play-offs.”
At 6ft 3ins, N’Daw will certainly provide some of the brawn Jewell has been seeking to help his young guns.
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The St Etienne midfielder, who spent last season on loan at Birmingham, is set to sign on the dotted line in the next day or two after completing his medical.
But while at 19 years old, Luongo might not be able to play every game this season, try telling that to the ambitious Aussie who will again line up alongside Hyam for tomorrow’s trip to early-season pacesetters Blackpool (3pm ko).
He insisted: “I just want to play every minute I can. We have a good squad and it is not easy to secure my spot in the team but if I keep playing well, I will give the gaffer no reason to drop me.”
And he has promised Town fans he is more than just a holding midfielder, adding: “First and foremost, defending is my job. But I have a bit more in my locker, I like to get forward, express myself and try and get a few goals.”