Massimo Luongo shining for Australia is down to Tottenham Hotspur learning experience, says mentor

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The Swindon Town midfielder has been one of the stand-out players in the AFC Asian Cup so far.

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.

But that doesn't mean he is a flop.

The central-midfielder joined Tottenham 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, where he is proving himself a star.

He shone as Australia defeated Kuwait in their opening game, scoring his first international goal in the process. He was again on top form as Australia defeated Oman 4-0 in their second game.

One person not surprised by his success is David Magrone, who helped develop the youngster from a young age and has good contacts with former Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood.

He was speaking to the Special Broadcasting Service about Luongo, including his time at Tottenham, this week - when he said:

“You have to mimic what happens in Europe to produce more players of Mass's [Luongo's] quality. There’s no way the A-League Youth League will ever produce international quality players because the level of competition is just not high enough.

"At Tottenham, Mass was the captain of the Under-21s playing alongside Harry Kane, Ryan Mason, Andros Townsend and Nabil Bentaleb [now all first-teamers at Spurs]."

Luongo is not only shining for Australia, but he was helping Swindon Town fight for promotion to the Championship before having to up sticks. His upbringing in the Tottenham youth team, according to Magrone, is key to his current fantastic form.

So it is not just who came through the academy at Tottenham who stayed that are currently in top form, it looks like it worked for everyone.

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