Luongo 'best midfielder' in Championship: Holloway

Ahead of next month’s crucial FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Syria, Caltex Socceroos midfielder Massimo Luongo has received the ultimate compliment from his club boss.

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After scoring the goal which kick-started QPR's comeback in Tuesday's 2-2 Championship draw with Milwall, the Aussie earned glowing praise from Ian Holloway.

“If he starts doing that then, wow, what a player we've got on our hands,” Holloway told the club's website.

“The kid is getting better and better.

“I’m delighted for him.  If there's a better midfielder in the league at the moment then I’d like to see him,” declared Holloway.


The goal was Luongo's first of the season and just his second for the club he joined two years ago.

“It's such a relief to score,” he told

“I waited so long for my first one last year so I’m just happy to get it under my belt.

“It comes from confidence – and the boys helped.

“When the team is playing well it's a lot easier to get some shots off and to look good.

“I have been criticised throughout my career for not getting enough goals so hopefully that's the first of many,” said Luongo.

Ange Postecoglou will be hoping Luongo brings his good form into the Caltex Socceroos camp for next month's home and away Asian World Cup playoff matches against Syria.