Massimo Luongo recently returned from injury and started for Sheffield Wednesday in this week’s 1-1 draw with Birmingham City. The 27-year-old impressed on the night and was lauded by supporters on social media.
With the Owls enduring a five-game winless run in the Championship, Garry Monk could make a number of changes ahead of Saturday’s meeting with Charlton Athletic. Luongo is likely to keep his place in midfield, however.
How will Sheffield Wednesday fare against Charlton Athletic?
Against Birmingham, the Australian international lined up alongside Barry Bannon and Kieran Lee, played for 90 minutes, made 69 touches, won three aerial duels, created one chance, completed 92.2% of his 51 passes, whipped in three crosses, made two tackles, had four shots, drew one foul and made one interception.
#SWFC Halftime Thoughts:
• Great performance so far but we are still missing a clinical striker
• All over them, Monk has set us up brilliantly
• Luongo, Iorfa and Fox best players on the park
• Reach, Bannan, Lee and Moses not far behind.
— ㋡ (@swfcjoshua) November 27, 2019
Kieran Lee is passed it. Luongo is a class above. We don’t miss Hutchinson and we need another striker. Wingers need to be played on correct wings #swfc
— 🦉 J.B.H 🦉 (@__JBH___) November 27, 2019
Yet again Bannan under performs but waves his arms about slagging everyone else…. Does my head in!! Luongo 10x the player!! Can't even speak about Reach 🤦♂️ #SWFC
— Jack (@jkilby90) November 27, 2019
Too many way off mark start luongo in middle and two up front two very average sides confidence looks shattered or maybe lack of desire #swfc
— thomas milnes (@tprowl) November 27, 2019
Odebajo Lees Iorfa Fox
Harris Bannan Luongo Fess
Just do it. #swfc
— Ben Savage (@bensaavage) November 28, 2019
Luongo has made 12 appearances in all competitions, scoring two goals in 627 minutes of playing time. He’s amassed only 110 minutes of football in the last four weeks after suffering a knee & groin injury, which also forced him to withdraw from international duty, but he’s back in action now and took his chance to impress after Monk gave him the nod.
Sam Hutchinson might struggle to get back into the side now.