Former Tottenham Socceroo backed to shine in Premier League

Sold to Swindon Town for £400,000, ex-Spurs midfielder Massimo Luongo could yet make a return to the Premier League, according to Mark Cooper.

Tottenham coul come to rue the day they allowed Australian international Massimo Luongo to leave the club, with current manager Mark Cooper backing the young Socceroo to one day shine in the Premier League.

The 21-year-old moved to Swindon Town last summer in a deal worth £400,000, after failing to break into the Spurs first-team and spending time on loan with both the Robins and Championship outfit Ipswich Town.

Called up to the Australia squad for the World Cup in Brazil, Luongo was included in the 23-man party after impressing in League One with Swindon.

And current Town manager Cooper believes the only way is up for the versatile midfielder, who first arrived at White Hart Lane in January 2011, after impressing during a trial for the Lilywhites.

"I think he can go as far as he wants. He can run, he can play, he can tackle, he can head, he can score, so he’s got everything," he told the Swindon Advertiser.

"If he keeps putting it all together he can play where he wants, he can certainly play at the top level for me.

"When I watch midfield players he can certainly compete with the ones in the Premier League."

The Australian is already off the mark for Swindon in League One and with the Robins looking to go one better than last season’s play-off place, Championship football could beckon soon.

In the meantime, Swindon will be focused on ensuring no other teams take an interest in the highly-rated Socceroos star, who is likely to feature when the Wiltshire outfit entertain Oldham Athletic at the County Ground this Tuesday.

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