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Massimo Luongo reveals the two players inspiring him at Sheffield Wednesday

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Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Massimo Luongo has heaped praise on the performances of Steven Fletcher and Barry Bannan, revealing he sees their understanding as inspirational.

Luongo made his first Championship start for the Owls on Saturday and scored the only goal of the game to help his side beat Wigan Athletic.

The 27-year-old joined from QPR in the summer and has made eight appearances in total for Wednesday, coming off the bench five times in the Championship and starting twice in the Carabao Cup.

The central midfielder played a key role in the win on Saturday, giving his side the lead in a game that lacked much excitement up until that point.

Speaking to the club website, Luongo discussed how he had settled in at Wednesday and suggested that he found the understanding between two of his teammates particularly inspiring.

He said: “It gives the manager a headache now for the next game and that’s all you can do.

“I knew coming into the team, especially signing on deadline day, that I would have to be patient.

“It’s a new team, new players and you look at how Barry and Fletch combine, they have been playing together for years.

“That will come, I just need to be around it more and the only way to do that is to keep performing well and hopefully keep winning.

“I want to play as much as I can but if I’m not playing, I need to push the guys who are as much as I can.”

Wednesday are eighth after their win on the weekend, just one point outside the play-off places and two points shy of top-of-the-league West Bromwich Albion.

The Verdict

Fletcher and Bannan have both been fantastic for Wednesday in recent weeks, with the former having scored five goals this season and the latter having provided three assists.

With Luongo having been in the final year of his contract at QPR it seems likely the Owls will have got some good value for him and he is beginning to look like a really shrewd addition.

After impressing in his first Championship start, you would imagine that the Australian will be set to start once again after the international break.

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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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