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SWINDON TOWN: Luongo's mind made up by Spurs
SEEING Tottenham sign several million pounds-worth of international midfielders this summer helped Massimo Luongo recognise the need to move on from White Hart Lane.
The Australian signed a three-year contract with Swindon Town on Saturday to make the permanent switch from north London as he looks for stability in his career.
Speaking to the media before the deal was announced by the club, Luongo said the signings of the likes of Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen this summer suggested to him that he might need to look elsewhere for the regular gametime he craves.
“As a midfielder, seeing other midfielders come in isn’t the best when I look at my path going into the first team,” he said.
“For Tottenham it’s brilliant, with the players they’re getting in and the money they’re getting.
“For me it makes it difficult, especially with the boys already there.
“I’m getting up to 21 next month so I want to make my mark and be settled somewhere rather than going out on loan all the time.
“I need to be settled, be secure at a club and play regularly every week. The style is perfect for me.
“I haven’t been in an environment like this. The boys get along with each other really well, there’s no pressure playing, it’s really good.
“Even the coaching staff help me. The gaffer’s not in your face, he’ll talk to you properly and understands that we all make mistakes.”
Luongo scored the second of Town’s five goals against Crewe at the weekend, a lucky cross-cum-shot that looped over Alex goalkeeper Alan Martin.
After the game he conceded that it was a fluke - not that he was too bothered.
“I tried to put it in the box and hope for the best and put it in the right areas. It came off my foot wrong but right as well and it was nice to see it loop in,” he said.
“I’ll claim it. On paper it doesn’t say how I scored so it’s another goal for me.
“I hate going into half-time at 2-0 because if they get one goal they can get back into the game so easily, but we kept our style, we didn’t get cocky, we kept our heads and punished them.
“The worst thing you can do when you’re up like that is ease off and let them get back into the game, so you keep pressing the ball.”
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