Before most fans had ever heard of Massimo Luongo, his first appearance in the Spurs spotlight was to miss the vital penalty in our Carling Cup tie with Stoke last season. With apologies for even mentioning that, it’s pleasing to report that the player’s reputation enhanced throughout the remainder of the campaign.
With 2012-13 approaching, the Australian under 20 international signed a new deal at Spurs while putting pen to paper on a loan move to Ipswich that has been widely welcomed by the Portman Road club.
“Considering the first time he trained with us was on Tuesday, for a 19-year-old I thought he showed great confidence,” said Ipswich manager Paul Jewell this week.
“It was only a pre-season friendly, but you can see he’s got that touch of quality. That system does suit him. We’ll have a look at a couple of different systems before we kick off. You can tell that he’s a really good footballer.”
The East Anglian unit are claiming that he will add a touch of ‘Premiership Class’ to their season and this promises to be an interesting few months for the 19 year old.
One of the criticisms of the old Spurs regime centred around the lack of opportunities at White Hart Lane for young players but under AVB’s leadership, there are suggestions of building a dynasty and giving youth a chance. As such, many of us will be watching Massimo’s progress at Portman Road with great interest.