New signing Luongo urges QPR to emulate Bournemouth and Swansea by finding their identity
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EXCLUSIVE: Massimo Luongo wants QPR to emulate the likes of Bournemouth and Swansea as they look to rebuild following last season’s relegation.
Luongo is one of eight new signings, and the 22-year-old former Spurs youth player believes consolidation must be QPR’s priority this season.
The midfielder told the Times: “It’s about building that foundation so if we do go up, or if we’re pushing for promotion over the next few years, we can then have a good chance of staying in the Premier League.
“We need to make sure we have our own identity of how we’re going to play first and foremost, and that the players we recruit are quite similar too.
“You can see from the business we’ve done in this transfer window that we are already starting to do that.
“Clubs like Bournemouth and Swansea have done that and they’re reaping the rewards of it, so there’s no reason why we can’t build a side like that in the future.”
Luongo spurned Premier League interest from Aston Villa and West Brom this summer to sign a three-year deal at Loftus Road.
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The midfielder, whose six goals helped Swindon Town reach the League One play-off final last season, insisted it was an easy decision for him to join up with Chris Ramsey and Les Ferdinand again.
The Australia international added: “When QPR started showing strong interest in me after the play-off final my mind was made up – it was a no-brainer.
“I have a lot of history with them [Ferdinand and Ramsey]. The development side was another key factor in my decision.
“What I noticed from playing in League One was that because you’re playing in so many games a lot of it is about recovery and game management, so you go off track in terms of actually developing your own game.
“I think I’m young enough to keep on improving and enhancing my game though, and I know Chris can get the best out of me. He did it at Tottenham and I’m sure he will do it again.
“With Chris it is all about your individual development and training regime. He likes to build you up to your strengths and make your game about those.
“It’s refreshing having him as a manager now, and learning new things along the way, but at the same time just revisiting things he was telling me when I was an 18-year-old at Spurs.”
There is continued uncertainty over the future of several of QPR’s key players, most notably Charlie Austin, who Rangers value at £15million and is attracting interest from Premier League clubs including Newcastle United and West Ham United.
Matt Phillips and Leroy Fer are also expected to leave Rangers, but Luongo insists the squad haven’t let the speculation affect them as they head into Saturday’s Championship opener at Charlton Athletic in good spirits.
“That hasn’t caused any kind of negative reaction in the squad,” Luongo said. “We’ve all been working incredibly hard and are more than prepared to go into the season now.”
Luongo believes QPR’s added firepower will give them an edge over their rivals this season.
“We are a bit short at the back but we’re always going to be an attacking threat whoever we play anyway,” he said.
“We could be defending all game, but we know we have a chance of scoring with players like Ben Gladwin, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Tjaronn Chery in our team.”
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