Paul Jewell didn’t realise I had more in my locker admits Massimo Luongo
MASSIMO Luongo has set himself an Ipswich mission – to keep proving to Paul Jewell there is more to him than meets the eye.
The Spurs loanee has been a rare bright spot for the beleaguered Blues and is set to be a big player for Town during his season-long stay.
He admitted that Jewell saw him primarily as a defensive midfielder when the manager tapped into his Tottenham links to acquire the Australian, who turned 20 yesterday.
But Luongo insisted there is much more to his game than breaking up play – something that he has already hinted at during his first few matches in the Championship.
He said: “I’ve come in as a defensive midfield player. The gaffer just said to me ‘do what you do best, break up play and keep it simple’. I don’t think he realised I had a lot more in my locker.
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“I would say I’m a deep-lying midielder who can get on the ball and get the team playing. At Tottenham there are lot more players who are better technically than me, so I just tended to sit and do the defensive work.
“It’s nice to come here and have a little bit more responsibility.”
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Coming from White Hart Lane, Luongo came into contact with Bryan Klug before his return to Portman Road to oversee academy development.
Luongo said: “I didn’t really know he was from around here and that he was a bit of legend! I worked with him a few times in the youth team towards the end of my second year at Tottenham. I think he put in a good word for me to come here.
“I didn’t know much about the Championship - only the Premier League. Coming here I didn’t realise how tough it would be. Every game is a battle.”