Swindon Town boss Mark Cooper is urging Socceroo Massimo Luongo to take an on-pitch leadership role for the Robins in their upcoming campaign.
At just 21, and with one Socceroo cap to his name, the midfielder is far short of a seasoned pro, but just the sort of man Cooper needs for his youthful line-up.
Luongo, who was part of Ange Postecoglou’s World Cup squad, is one of four players under 23 that the League One side is hoping will step it up in 2014/15.
The Robins are missing a vocal on-field marshal now that experienced defender Darren Ward is on his way out at County Ground.
Cooper told the Swindon Advertiser: “I think leaders are very short in supply in the modern game and invariably you have to pay a lot of money to get them.
“They’re usually 28 or 29 and you have to pay a lot of money to get them - so they might be a little too far out of our reach.
“Yes, we could probably do with a leader on the pitch but the boys that we’ve got have got to step up to the mark now.
“I would class Yaser (Kasim) as experienced, I’d class Mass as experienced, I’d class Wes (Foderingham) as experienced and Nathan (Thompson), so we’re looking for them to push on to become more vocal.
“Looking back on when I played, I didn’t get it until I was 28 or 29. I think you feel as though, when you get to that age, you’re entitled to say things to other people.”2 comments