Former Tottenham youngster Massimo Luongo scores first Australia goal in man-of-the-match display

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The Swindon Town midfielder shone for Australia in their Asia Cup triumph against Kuwait.

This season there is no doubt that Tottenham Hotspur's youngsters have proven that the academy at the club is working.

The likes of Nabil Bentaleb, Danny Rose and Ryan Mason have all secured their places in the first-team. Meanwhile Harry Kane has become one of the Premier League's most dangerous marksman.

Of course it doesn't always happen for the Tottenham youngsters.

One who did not make it was Massimo Luongo.

The central-midfielder joined the club in 2011 after a successful trial. Luongo played just one time for Tottenham, featuring in a League Cup defeat against Stoke City back in 2011. It was a game he would want to forget, his missed penalty cost Spurs the game.

He spent time on loan at Ipswich Town and Swindon Town during his Spurs career, before agreeing a permanent move to The Robins in 2013 for the fee of £400,000.

He is now a regular at Swindon but is currently away on international duty with Australia. Yesterday, he again showed that Tottenham's talent scouting system is working.

He was sensational in just his sixth cap for the Soccerroos against Kuwait in the Asia Cup.

He scored one and assisted Tim Cahill for the opener as Australia got their campaign off to a winning start.

His performance was commended by the former Everton attacker, who told the press after the game:

"He was amazing. He wanted the ball, he was brave - and that's when you find out about players. To assist and score a goal, that's the making of a good player."

Luongo himself was also pleased with the performance, crediting his new focus to a Twitter amnesty in an interview with ABC:

"Amazing, it's a dream come true.

"It's my first game in Australia and I couldn't be more happy."

Another Tottenham graduate is certainly making a splash in the Asia Cup and Swindon Town can't wait for him to come back.

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