Sheffield Wednesday have made a promising start to life under Garry Monk and picked up another three points with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Wigan Athletic at Hillsborough on Saturday afternoon.
It was a scrappy game at times, but the Owls were able to pick up the win thanks to Massimo Luongo’s first goal for the club in the 57th minute.
The midfielder joined the Owls from Queens Park Rangers on transfer deadline day and made his first league start for the club on Saturday.
Here, we take a closer look at Luongo’s performance for Sheffield Wednesday against Wigan by analysing some of his stats from the game at Hillsborough…
With Sam Hutchinson suspended, Luongo was making his first league start for Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday afternoon and he played for 75 minutes, before he was replaced by Kieran Lee.
The 27-year-old produced an industrious display in midfield and while he grabbed the headlines by scoring his first goal for the club, his all-round performance was impressive.
Joey Pelupessy was also making his first league start of the season for the Owls and his presence in front of the back four gave Luongo a license to get forward and support the attacks.
Luongo had a total of two shots on goal and he scored his first goal for the Owls when he swept the ball into the top corner from Adam Reach’s pull-back. It was a superb finish and scoring his first goal for the club should give his confidence a major boost.
His passing stats were also very impressive and this is one aspect of his performance that you imagine he’ll be very satisfied with.
Although he did give the ball away a few times, his passing generally was very good and he still completed 24 of his 30 passes and finished the game with a pass accuracy of 80%.
If we take a look at these stats in a bit more detail, it shows just how important Luongo was to the way that Sheffield Wednesday played on Saturday. He made four passes to the final third and two passes into the box, with a pass accuracy of 100%.
Luongo also wasn’t afraid to get stuck in and he won ten of his 25 duels. This is perhaps one area of his performance that he’ll be hoping to improve on, but it was scrappy game at times, particularly in the first half, so all things considered this is not too bad.
He provided the Owls with some extra energy and intensity in midfield, putting a few important challenges in and making one interception.
All in all, you imagine that Luongo will be reasonably pleased with his performance on Saturday and scoring his first goal for the Owls should give his confidence a huge boost.
There’s still plenty of room for improvement, as evidenced by the stat that 57% of his attempted actions were successful, but he was pretty solid in midfield and generally his passing was top notch.
He could be a very important player for Sheffield Wednesday this season and it’ll be interesting to see whether he did enough to keep his place in the side for the game against Cardiff City after the international break, when Hutchinson will be available again.