Massimo Luongo had enjoyed two positive seasons at Queens Park Rangers but there was always a sense that there was more to come from the Australian international.
In the opening weeks of the new campaign, however, Luongo appears to have taken his game to a new level. He scored his first goal of the season in Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with Millwall just three days after capping a Man of the Match performance with an assist to inspire QPR to a deserved victory against high flying Ipswich Town.
“If he starts (scoring more goals) then, wow, what a player we’ve got on our hands!” QPR boss Ian Holloway said in quotes reported by Fox Sports.
“The kid’s getting better and better. I’m delighted for him. If there’s a better midfielder in the league at the moment then I’d like to see him.”
Therefore, Nottingham Forest could be forgiven for watching on in interest as the former Tottenham Hotspur academy star pulls the strings at Loftus Road.
The Times reported that Forest were interested in landing Luongo and his QPR team-mate Jake Bidwell in the summer and, on current form, the 24-year-old would be an upgrade on any of the midfielders at the disposal of Mark Warburton.
David Vaughan won’t last forever at the age of 34, summer signing Andreas Bouchalakis appears at home in a more advanced role while the injury-stricken Chris Cohen is once again on the sidelines thanks to a knee injury.
Luongo, meanwhile, is shaping up to be one of the Championship’s most complete midfielders in a QPR side punching above their weight in the early weeks of the season.