LUONGO AIMS TO STIR UP SOME TRANSFER TALK
AUSTRALIA have named two League One players for their provisional World Cup squad and Massimo Luongo says Brazil could bring with it a bounty of Premier League offers.
Luongo began his career at Tottenham before pitching up at Swindon last summer without making a top-flight appearance.
The 21-year-old midfielder has impressed this season, though, scoring six goals in a gruelling 53-game campaign for the Robins.
And he hopes that a star show against Spain in the Socceroos’ final Group B game could spark some interest.
“It’s good because it gets my name out and teams will know I’ve got this experience under my belt,” said Luongo.
“It can’t hurt my career in England and going into the transfer window, it could spark up a few things.
“(Xabi) Alonso and Xavi, they’re big players I look up to. I love watching Real Madrid and seeing Alonso.”
Preston’s Bailey Wright has joined Luongo in the pre-tournament camp in Terrigal, New South Wales, after North End’s play-off semi-final defeat to Rotherham on Thursday.
And Luongo has no doubt that,despite plying his trade in the third tier of English football, he can cut it with the world’s best.
“Everyone wants to makes it into the Premier League, that’s been one of my goals since I came to England,” he said.
“I’ve had a taste of it,I know what it’s like and I’m more than comfortable to play at that level. I’ve got a few things to learn and to develop individually as a player, personally and on the pitch.I want to do some things in my career, and that’s a short-term goal.
“I’m not really star-struck I’m more looking to how good they really are, and what they have that I don’t.”
DUEL: Swindon’s Massimo Luongo, left, tussles with Tranmere’s Liam Ridehalgh