Recruitment Paradise or Chief Scouts Nightmare? REPORT NUMBER 15 - Massimo Luongo

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Recruitment Paradise or Chief Scouts Nightmare?

Each time the world cup comes around, new stars are born, the transfer market goes crazy and the world is an open mic stage to stardom for every footballer involved. Who will be this year’s previously unidentified flying object and earn a big money transfer to one of Europe’s football powerhouses just like Colombia James Rodriguez did in Brazil 2012.

The Sensible Soccer World Cup blog will bring scouting know how direct from the battlefield of English Premier League recruitment directors and chief scouts. Our blog will be opening the lid on just who is being watched ahead of Russia’s six-week footballing bonanza.

Report Number 15 - Massimo Luongo

A product of Tottenham's academy, Luongo is an experienced player in the lower levels of the English game, exceeding 100 appearances for both Swindon and QPR. Over the years he has proven to be a reliable contributor of goals and assists from a central-midfield position, averaging 0.11 goals and 0.13 assists per game over his time at QPR and Swindon. For Australia he has proved to be even more effective, scoring 5 goals and assisting 5 in 36 appearances. However, with Mooy and Jedinak ahead of Luongo in the pecking order for the Socceroos, his game time is likely to be restricted at the World Cup.

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Luongo averaged 1.2 key passes per game in the Championship this season yet only managed a pass success rate of 71.6%. This would show that Luongo is often wasteful with his passing as it would be expected that with a relatively low pass success rate, his number of key passes would be high if he is trying to open up a defence. The fact his key pass figures are also relatively low suggests that his passing is a weakness in his game and needs to be improved.

However, Luongo topped QPR's average tackles and dribbles per game this season. Therefore, he would appear to be very adept at winning possession back for his team and then carrying the ball forward out of danger, into the opposition third. Undoubtedly a talented player, the main criticism throughout his career has been consistency. If he is to be given a chance in one of Australia's remaining games and performs well, mid-table Premier League sides may start to take a closer look at the midfielder.

Article By: James Radcliffe


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