QPR midfielder Massimo Luongo explains his new responsibilities under Ian Holloway

QPR's Massimo Luongo in action with Wolves' Richard Stearman

Luongo was named the best player in the 2015 Asian Cup as Australia lifted the trophy, but QPR fans are yet to see that kind of form consistently enough.

QPR midfielder Massimo Luongo has told The Guardian that new manager Ian Holloway is keen to get the best out of him at Loftus Road by pushing him to the forefront of the team’s gameplan.

The Australian international has largely been deployed in a deeper midfield role this season under Holloway’s predecessor Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, despite making his name at Swindon Town as a more dynamic, forward thinking player with an eye for a goal or an assist.

Consequently, there’s a feeling that Luongo hasn’t quite displayed his best form at QPR so far, something he will be hoping Holloway, who returned to the capital club over ten years after being sacked in his first spell in charge, will be able to change.

QPR's Massimo Luongo in action with Wolves' Richard Stearman

And the former Tottenham Hotspur youngster says the charismatic coach has already instigated an alternation in his approach to accommodate one of the most gifted players at his disposal.

“He wants me on the ball as much as possible, to do what I do best,” Luongo told The Guardian.

“[Holloway] just wants me to express myself, and I’m not saying previous managers didn’t do that, but their styles needed a little bit more discipline from me, more of a ‘team’ job. He’s allowing me quite a lot of freedom in middle.

QPR manager Ian Holloway

“I see myself as a box-to-box midfielder rather than a No10 or a defensive-minded player. I think I’ve shown this season I can do both sides of the game.

“I’ve put that responsibility on myself, to think ‘they’re depending on me to do something, to make a tackle, or create something special’.”

Leeds United's Lewie Coyle in action with QPR's Massimo Luongo

Holloway is no stranger to allowing his most talented players the freedom in which to excel and express, having transformed Charlie Adam into one of the Premier League’s most exciting attacking midfielders while at Blackpool – a feat no other manager has achieved since.

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