Queens Park Rangers midfielder Massimo Luongo enjoying new role handed to him to Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

Queens Park Rangers midfielder Massimo Luongo has come back into contention in recent weeks.

Massimo Luongo has admitted to the Kilburn Times that he was becoming frustrated at Queens Park Rangers before Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s appointment.

Luongo started the season in QPR’s first-team, after arriving from Swindon Town last summer, but he dropped out of favour.

The Australian international didn’t feature at all in November or December for Rangers, but he has been resurgent since the turn of the year.

Luongo has now played in QPR’s last six matches, and he feels that the central-midfield role that Hasselbaink has given him suits his game.

“I can offer a lot more as one of the two in midfield rather than as a No10, where, in this team, you’re played more as a forward and running in behind," the central midfielder said. 

“It’s not the greatest job in the world where I’m playing now, but it’s definitely where I believe I am most effective. It’s a team job and I like to be in the centre of it all and be a main figure in there.

“It was obviously frustrating watching from the sidelines, but at the same time I learnt a lot too. I didn’t let my guard down and was watching and listening to the advice put my way to improve my game and force myself back into the manager’s plans."

Luongo has played alongside Alejandro Faurlin in recent weeks, and the pair have formed a strong partnership.

QPR are now unbeaten in their last five matches, and they seem to be starting to adapt to Hasselbaink’s style.

The R’s are still stuck in 13th place in the Championship table, but they could move into the top-half if they are able to beat Fulham on Saturday.

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