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‘An improvement to the side’ – Sheffield Wednesday fan pundit issues verdict on summer signing

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This article is part of Football League World’s ‘Regular Punter’ series, where we gather original opinions from select, passionate fans of the clubs concerned on matters surrounding their team and share them with a wider audience…

Football League World’s Sheffield Wednesday fan pundit Thomas Fogg has suggested that Massimo Luongo has improved the Owls since signing in the summer.

The midfielder joined from QPR on transfer deadline day with the London club reportedly unable to extend his contract, which was set to run out in the summer of 2020.

Luongo has been a bit-part player since arriving at Hillsborough, appearing eight times–mostly from the bench.

He made his first Championship start against Wigan Athletic last weekend and scored the winner for the Owls.

Fogg indicated that he has been impressed with the Australian in the few opportunities that he has been given so far.

He said: “It has been good to see Luongo feature a little more in the side in the last few games–the fans always want to see new players in action and he couldn’t get near the side when Lee Bullen was in charge.

“He strikes me as a good all-round midfielder, he can tackle, has a good range of passing, and is capable of driving runs through the middle of the park.”

He added: “The tactical switch to 4-3-3 against Wigan meant Luongo and Joey Pelupessy started and, although I’m not convinced we need to have both in the side at home against the teams at the bottom end of the league, I can see us deploying this tactic more often away from home, with Sam Hutchinson, Luongo, and Barry Bannan all starting.

“I’m not a big fan of Pelupessy, so for me, Luongo’s arrival is an improvement to the side.”

Wednesday’s win against Wigan took them to eighth in the Championship, one point outside the play-offs.

The Owls’ next game is against Cardiff City on Friday the 18th of October.

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Bristol-born, London-based sports journalist at Snack Media. University of Brighton and NA graduate

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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