Sheffield Wednesday manager Garry Monk has praised Massimo Luongo for his attitude and believes that scoring his first goal for the club will do the midfielder the world of good.
The 27-year-old joined Sheffield Wednesday from Queens Park Rangers on transfer deadline day and has been an important player for the Owls so far this season.
The midfielder had been forced to settle for a place on the bench in the Championship since his arrival at Hillsborough due to the good form of Barry Bannan and Sam Hutchinson.
However, with Hutchinson suspended, Luongo made his first league start for the Owls against Wigan Athletic on Saturday afternoon and won the game with his first goal for the club, firing the ball into the net after being teed up by Adam Reach.
Monk has praised Luongo for his attitude and believes that scoring his first goal for the club will do the midfielder the world of good.
“Massimo got a fantastic goal and that will do him the world of good,” Monk said, as quoted by the Sheffield Star.
“He has a brilliant attitude. I can’t speak about before why he was not involved or whatever. There are decisions that every manager has to make.
“I think in terms of myself when I came in and the Huddersfield game I had to make a decision quite quick on what the team was going to be.
“Hutch [Hutchinson] and Baz [Barry Bannan] were the first two who were in there and then they did well to keep their places. No one has done bad enough to lose their place.”
Sheffield Wednesday have made a promising start to the new season and have now won three of their five league matches since Monk took charge at Hillsborough last month.
The Owls are up to eighth in the Championship table, just one point outside the play-off places and will be looking to continue their momentum after the two-week international break.
Luongo has got plenty of experience in the Championship and he could turn out to be a great signing for Sheffield Wednesday. He played well against Wigan yesterday and scoring his first goal for the Owls should give his confidence a huge boost.
He’s a talented footballer and Monk’s latest comments suggest that he could have an important role to play for the Owls this season. It’ll be interesting to see if he keeps his place in the side when Hutchinson returns from suspension.
It’s early days yet, but if Sheffield Wednesday can continue their momentum under Monk, there’s no reason why they can’t challenge for promotion this season.