Massimo Luongo impressing on international stage; did Spurs sell him too soon?

Massimo Luongo is playing a starring role in Australia's Asian Cup campaign.

Australia have had quite the start to the 2015 Asian Cup.

After hammering Kuwait 4-1 on the opening day of the competition, Ange Postecoglou's men swept Oman aside in a 4-0 thrashing.

Whilst the likes of Tim Cahill and Mile Jedinak are key players for Postecoglou, one of the up and coming stars of Australian football is stealing the limelight.

Midfielder Massimo Luongo was a surprise selection in the Australia first team against Kuwait, but the Swindon Town midfielder was sensational - and HITC spoke to MFootball editor and Australia fan Tom Pollock about Luongo's impact on the Socceroos side.

"Luongo has taken the Australian football public by surprise following his performances in the early stages of the Asian Cup," he told us. "He was a relative unknown leading into the tournament, but was handed a start by Postecoglou for the first game against Kuwait in Melbourne. Not only did he look comfortable slotting into the team, but he also registered an assist and a goal on the way to the man-of-the-match award."

"He followed that up with a solid performance in the second game against Oman and looks set to start once again in the final group match against South Korea. Fans are hopeful this is just the start of a big career for the youngster," he added.

Luongo, 22, joined Tottenham in January 2011 after a successful trial, but made just one appearance for Spurs, before being farmed out on loan to Ipswich Town and then two spells with Swindon Town before joining the latter permanently.

Now, Luongo is one of the star players in League One, and is Swindon's outstanding creative force on a weekly basis - prompting interest from Championship clubs.

Rotherham United had a £600,000 bid rejected for the diminutive playmaker in the summer, and the Robins could well charge over double that now after Luongo impressed on the international stage.

With Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino now putting his faith in youngsters like Nabil Bentaleb, Ryan Mason and Harry Kane, maybe Spurs let him go too soon, and Pochettino could have been the perfect manager to give him a chance in the Spurs first team.

At this rate, Luongo will be making his ascent up the divisions in no time - and possibly crossing paths with Tottenham in the Premier League, too.

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