Should Leeds sign Massimo Luongo?

Leeds United have been linked with plenty of players this summer, but a recent transfer rumour has seen QPR midfielder Massimo Luongo mentioned as a potential recruit.

Luongo has proven himself to be a good player at this level, winning QPR’s Supporters’ Player of the Year award for the 2017/18 season after scoring six goals from midfield.

Marcelo Bielsa is seemingly pretty set on having Kalvin Phillips and Mateusz Klich in his engine room with both players starting more than 40 games last season, so there are grounds to suggest this may be a rather unnecessary signing.

With that in mind, it’s tough to decipher though whether or not Luongo would be a good addition. On one hand he has quality at this level, but on the other he may struggle to start over Klich or Phillips and there’s no concrete evidence on how he’d perform in the Premier League.

Surely promotion is the ultimate goal at Elland Road right now, so judging whether players can make the step up to the top flight if Leeds get there should be a key consideration for any signings going forward too.

Football FanCast’s writers have attempted to deliver their verdicts on whether or not the Whites should sign the Australian.

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Matt Dawson

“Luongo wouldn’t be a glamorous signing but he certainly has the ability to make an impact for Leeds and as a result, they should be trying to pursue him this summer. The Australian only scored three goals and claimed four assists last term for QPR but that probably isn’t a fair reflection of his quality. The 26-year-old is a seasoned professional with 42 international caps and as he approaches his prime, this could be a shrewd signing. After all, this is a player who was once on the longlist for the Ballon d’Or. Surely that is enough to peak Leeds’ fans interest? Bielsa should make a move if the price is right.”

James Beavis

“Leeds United should steer clear of Luongo, as he would only block Jamie Shackleton’s path when it comes to regular first-team minutes. The 19-year-old showed glimpses of the quality that he can bring to the middle of the park with two starts in the Championship play-off semi-final defeat to Derby County, and the addition of Luongo could only serve to push him back down the pecking order.

The Australian certainly hasn’t been an outstanding performer for Queens Park Rangers at this level by any means – he has 10 goals and 16 assists in 152 appearances in all competitions for the west London outfit – and he would face a battle to displace the likes of Phillips and Klich from the starting XI himself should he arrive at Elland Road.

What he would bring is some battling qualities given he has picked up an impressive 20 league bookings in the last two seasons for QPR. Victor Orta though, must look for someone better.”

Ben Goodwin

“On the surface Luongo seems like the perfect player to sign with Phillips’ future still uncertain, as the QPR man averages 3.1 tackles and 1.4 interceptions per game to Phillips’ 2.6 tackles and 1.3 interceptions. However, Luongo completes just 71% of his passes and only 2.5 long balls per game, while the Leeds man finds a white shirt with 82% of his passes and launches an impressive 4.6 long balls. If the club are indeed searching for a Phillips replacement this summer, then they need one with superior technical quality to Luongo, who could struggle in Bielsa’s free-flowing possession-based system.”

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