Luongo left Tottenham Hotspur and joined Swindon Town on a permanent basis two years ago for a fee, as reported by the BBC, of £400,000 and quickly became a huge success.
Ferdinand, who scored five times in 17 appearances for England, was full of praise of Luongo when talking to the Australian publication and couldn’t hide his delight at signing him for Queens Park Rangers from Swindon.
‘’A lot of kids at Premier League academies think they’re too good to play in League One away from the comforts of a-state-of-the art training facility,’’ Ferdinand told Fox Sports. ‘’But ‘Mas’ just wanted to go out and play real men’s football.
‘’His progression over the last two years has been huge. We believe he can step up another level with QPR and be a big player for us. He’s been successful but the best is still to come.
“He’s still 22 and will get better and better.’’
Have Tottenham made a mistake selling Luongo?
The central midfielder may feel a little aggrieved that he never had a proper chance to prove himself at Spurs, but he always had big names and good players ahead of him for selection.
At the time of his departure, Spurs had just signed Paulinho and Etienne Capoue, had Mousa Dembele in the squad and the likes of Nabil Bentaleb and Tom Carroll coming through. It was a situation that saw his potential game time limited which was shown by the decision, made by Andre Villa-Boas, to allow him to leave.
Nevertheless, Luongo has shown great character in getting past his early career set backs and last season proved himself to be one of the standout players in League One.
He has since moved on to Queens Park Rangers, where he was signed alongside Swindon teammate Ben Gladwin, and into the English second tier.
The North London club may come to regret selling Luongo in the future, if he does kick-on as Ferdinand predicts. However, the move at the time was definitely the best deal for all parties.
Luongo went on to gain some invaluable experience at Swindon, in which he developed hugely, and Spurs were allowed to focus on nurturing the likes of Nabil Bentaleb and Tom Carroll in that position.