Results for Massimo Luongo

Spurs receive £1.2 for Australian midfielder

8:30 am
Tottenham have just picked up a tidy £1.2 million (US$1.83m - AUS$2.39m - €1.67m) for doing nothing thanks to the progress made by an Australian midfielder.

Australian international midfielder Massimo Luongo joined Swindon Town from Tottenham Hotspur for £424,000 (US$647,002 - AUS$845,258 - €589,471) on September 1st 2013. Included in the deal was a 40% sell-on clause. The 22-year-old has now signed a 3-year contract with relegated QPR where he will be reunited with former coach Chris Ramsey.

Ramsey looked to be doing a good job at QPR, they began scoring goals but had too much to do to stay up. he has begun the rebuilding process by snapping up the Australian after Swindon lost in the League One Play-off final against Preston North End.

In the winter transfer window in January a Turkish club offered £1.8 million (US$2.75m - AUS$2.59m - €2.5m) which was turned down by Swindon who still harboured hopes the defensive midfielder could help them achieve promotion. Chris Ramsey was delighted to have been reunited with him.

“Mas is a player I know a lot about having played a part in his development at Spurs. 
“He brings quality on the ball, the ability to link up play all across the pitch and his goals and assists record at club and international level speaks volumes for a creative midfielder. 
“As with any young player, there are areas of his game that need improving, but knowing him as I do, I know he will embrace the learning curve of playing for us in the Championship. 
“I'm confident he will flourish at Loftus Road.”

The fee for Luongo is undisclosed but is believed to be £3 million (US$4.58m - AUS$5.98m - €4.17m), which would net Tottenham a further £1.2 million.

Spurs receive £1.2 for Australian midfielder Spurs receive £1.2 for Australian midfielder Reviewed by THBlogNews on 8:30 am Rating: 5

Not 1 but 2 from Development Squad to the World Cup

12:30 pm
From Tottenham Development Squad to the World Cup, it's been a meteoric rise for 19 year-old Nabil Bentaleb and 21 year-old Massino Luongo.

Not 1 but 2 from Development Squad to the World Cup

As a parting gift to Tottenham Tim Sherwood showed Daniel Levy that he doesn't have to spend millions, there is talent in the ranks at Tottenham within the Development Squad.

As Head of Player Development Tim Sherwood revamped how Tottenham handle their youth, importantly he started making better use of the loan system to develop or 'finish' young players. Nabil Bentaleb was given up on by his French club and his size prevented anyone taking him on until Sherwood saw him.

Our former Head Coach signed him, developed him and when he took over the first team threw him into Premier League football. He could have sunk but he swum and was hugely impressive looking like a seasoned professional. He earned glowing reports from the best pundit on TV and a man who knows a bit more about football than the average fan, Gary Neville.

Such were the maturity of his displays the the French and Algerian football associations had a battle over which country he should play for. Bentaleb rightly chose the country of his parentage, Algeria and is now heading to the World Cup where he county may surprise a few people.

Having studied the tournament and the groups Algeria are overpriced at 6/1 to qualify from a group that includes Belgium, South Korea and Russia. Belgium are the standout team but Russia have an abysmal record away from home and all but one of their players are from the Russian league.

South Korea have gone backwards and really struggled to qualify. Algeria are a tough fighting unit, qualities that Nabil Bentaleb also holds so any one of the three teams could join Belgium in the knockout stages.

Massimo Luongo went from the Tottenham Development Squad to Swindon Town on loan and then signed a permanent deal for £400,000. He was qualified to play for Australia because he was born there, not something I agree with, Italy because he father is Italian or Indonesia because his mother is Indonesian.

Not 1 but 2 from Development Squad to the World Cup

He chose Australia. In 2011 he represented their Under 20 side twice but failed to win selection for the 2011 FIFA Under 20 World Cup. This year he had only played 1 game for the senior Australia team, a 4-3 loss to Equador at the New Den.

Australian football has been in decline with an ageing side, the like of Tim Cahill are no spring chickens any more and the team is in desperate need of fresh young blood, especially in the heat of Brazil. In a shock to him and the Australian public, national coach Ange Postecoglou has seemingly plucked Luongo from nowhere to go to the World Cup.

Postecoglou is the first A-League coach to have the honour of coaching his country and the selection of Luongo is clearly looking to build for the future.

The Sydney Morning Herald asked him about his surprise selection.

''I was meant to be on holiday in Turkey this month [June] - my missus is going to go with her family, so they're still going. Obviously I can't make it out there so I told them sorry.

"I feel good. I feel excited obviously, privileged, over the moon. There's a lot of emotions going on. I'm just happy that I got the opportunity to be here and I'm very grateful.

"Yeah I am [surprised]. From the beginning I took it as experience, coming in to this. Leading into the game yesterday [against Clube Parana] I didn't get my hopes up but I didn't play them down at all. Obviously it happened and I'm buzzing. Very surprised.

"It's difficult in training to stand out or shine so that was the perfect situation for me to show everyone what I could do.

"No one really knew what was going on, or what was happening. So we just turned up at breakfast and found out. I didn't have the best of sleeps. Part of it was because we played a game and I was exhausted from that and part of I was a bit anxious about today.

"We just pulled up at breakfast and he said who wasn't in and the reasons. That was followed by congratulations to everyone and all that stuff. So it was a team thing that we were all together for. I just couldn't believe it. I was really excited and just over the moon.

"Getting on the pitch will be a massive goal, in any game. I want to be at my best and be professional for the whole campaign."

"I dropped my mum a text [when he heard the news] then called my missus... I play it down a little but they're buzzing for me.

"Yeah, that's the way I am [laid back]. I don't read into anything don't create a big hype or anything like that."

Having come through with Tottenham, Luongo is now a regular starter for League One side Swindon Town, where of course he has been playing with a lot of the former and current Spurs players he knows. A berth at the World Cup will help his career and he was asked if it could be a springboard to a bigger move.

"Yeah definitely. I think just being named in the 30 man squad [was a big thing]. Leaving Australia when I was young. I've done it under the radar and I've been under the radar since. This it massive for me, getting my name out back in Australia and back at my club and in the UK as well. It's good for my career and good for my future.

"All my team-mates are jumping on Twitter and congratulating me or messaging me. They're all excited. Even my gaffer at Swindon [Mark Cooper] said 'well done mate, I'll see you when you get back'. It's big for the club."

Australia have been drawn in Group B which is very tough for a declining side, they face Spain, themselves ageing and probably in decline albeit from a higher level, Holland and dark horses Chile.

There could be a shock in this group as Chile are no pushovers, Holland have midfield injuries and Spain are probably not the team they were. It would be no surprise to me if Chile made it to the group stages, possibly even as Group winners, the question for me is who will join them Spain or Holland?

I plump for Holland with Spain making a shock group stage exit.

Not 1 but 2 from Development Squad to the World Cup Not 1 but 2 from Development Squad to the World Cup Reviewed by THBlogNews on 12:30 pm Rating: 5

Massimo Luongo Interview

8:17 am
Massimo Luongo is aiming to turn the coming season into a breakthrough campaign.

The 20-year-old is on a season's loan at League One Swindon Town where he hopes to impress Andre Villas-Boas, who will be keeping a watching brief as Spurs do on all their loaned out players.

Swindon will be playing the 'Tottenham way' and have a host of current and former Spurs players who will be comfortable with that, seven in all.

"It’s going to be playing out from the back and keeping the ball on the deck and we’re going to try and win promotion playing the game as it should be played," said Luongo.

"That’s the way the boss (caretaker coach Mark Cooper) has set us up and I’m hoping for a big season this year.

"This is a platform for me to either go back to Spurs and make the first team squad or attract the attention of another club and move on, maybe even a permanent move to Swindon. Who knows?

"Of course, I want to be playing at the top level but I also have time on my side.

"It’s going to be an interesting because the average age at Swindon is about 23. A lot of players have moved on from last season when we got to the play-off semi and there is a lack of experience there, so it may take time to gel.

"It’s good having the Tottenham boys here, they are really the spine of the team in terms of their positions and I think we will hopefully give the fans some good games to watch and some results also.

"The fans took to me last year but we’ll see how it is this year if results don't always go our way.

"The important thing for me is to get matches under my belt and make my mark. I haven’t caught the eye of AVB at Spurs as I would have liked, but maybe this is another way of doing it.

"You see at training the things he [Bale] does that set him apart, very few players can do what he does.

"He has power and pace and while players know what he’s going to do, it’s almost impossible to stop him. He is able to make the half yard or so and that’s where he hurts teams, either taking a shot at goal with that great left foot or sending a cross over.

"But the money being talked about is right up there, especially when you consider it’s even more than Madrid paid for Ronaldo.

"I’m not sure if Gareth’s at that level yet but when Real Madrid wants a player they seem to do what it takes to get him. I certainly think he’d thrive in Spain – he’d thrive anywhere.

"He played against us and scored a typical Bale goal in a pre-season friendly that finished 1-1 a couple of weeks ago."

Massimo Luongo Interview Massimo Luongo Interview Reviewed by THBlogNews on 8:17 am Rating: 5

Let the Development squad develop

9:27 pm
If you spend some time reading any Spurs forums you'll find all sorts of views and supporters suggesting giving player X or player Y a chance and others suggesting a youth player or two from the Development squad, such as Alex Pritchard.

Now i'll focus on Pritchard just to use him as an example but Shaqiile Coulthirst, our goal scoring 18 year-old centre-forward, is a name frequently advanced as the answer to our striking woes. Possibly such suggestions come from people who have never seen a development game and are merely going on reputations. Alex Pritchard is a talented youngster, let's make no mistake about that.

Fortunately we have just had an Under 20 World Cup televised, with both Harry Kane and Alex Pritchard in the England squad. Harry Kane incidentally played 90 minutes in all three games, usually up front on his own and worked tirelessly in the heat. He laid on goals but unfortunately was not clinical enough in front of goal, something which constantly divides Spurs fans view of him.

Anyway back to Pritchard who made substitute appearances for England in the tournament. He had an impact on the games when he came on. He looked lively, tricky, skillful, he looked to have an eye for a pass, he looked very promising indeed. He understandably looked small, as if he had more growing to do, which obviously he has, and certainly not ready for playing against more physical men in the Premier League.

Some supporters often don't seem to see, or understand, the difference in standard and physique between development players and Premier League players.

Three of our youngsters have gone on loan to Swindon Town in League One, joining other former development players of ours. There will be a contingent of 6 there for the 2013-14 season. On loan are wide midfielder Alex Pritchard, central midfielder Massimo Luongo and centre-back Grant Hall. Former players who have signed for the Wiltshire club are defender Jack Barthram and fellow defender Nathan Byrne, who we released at the end of last season, joining another defender Troy Archibald-Henville already there.

The five new players are staying in a hotel at the moment while taking part in pre-season training and are all looking to find somewhere to live before the season starts.

Interviewed by the local paper Luongo had some revealing words to say to the local press, revealing to many Tottenham fans that is.

“I have been at Spurs for three years, but Nath, Pritch and Jack have been there even longer since they were youngsters,” he said.

“We’re all pretty close down there and shared the same changing room, and coming down here it’s like walking into a Spurs changing room which makes things a lot easier.

“We all want to play and we all want first-team experience because none of us are anywhere near making it as a footballer, so this is the biggest challenge we have to prove ourselves.

“This platform is the best experience we can have and it’s great we can all be here.

“We are in the hotel for now, but I am looking for a place around here and I want to get settled as soon as I can. All the boys are going to find a place, because it’s so much easier to play when you are settled.”

Let me pluck out the relevant passage for us Spurs fans, 'none of us are anywhere near making it as a footballer'.

A development player telling you himself that development players are not ready for the Premier League. 

Players in the Development squad are just that developing, loan spell, new experiences, first team football in the lower leagues is all a part of their development, both as players and people. Banging in goals against other youth players does not make a player ready for the Premier League, that will come in time, can we not just let them develop.

Throwing a player in to early can ruin him or stall his development, John Bostock it could be argued was a victim of this, becoming our youngest ever player when he made in debut in the UEFA Cup. 

Let's have a bit of common sense and not suggest this season that we throw another one into the lions den.

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