MASSIMO LUONGO hopes to join Ange Postecoglou as an Aussie hero in the Premier League with Ipswich.
The Tractor Boys, riding high in the Championship after promotion from League One last season, are just two points off leaders Leicester and are eight clear of the play-off places after 11 games.
Massimo Luongo is starring in the Championship with IpswichCredit: Rex
The Aussie played for his country under Ange PostecoglouCredit: Getty
Kieran McKenna has Ipswich dreaming of back-to-back promotions, something no side has achieved in over a decade.
The squad are keeping their feet firmly on the ground, but having watched Australia turn into a nation of Tottenham fans since Postecoglou’s arrival, it is hard not to dream of converting a few of them to Ipswich.
Luongo told SunSport: “That would be lovely… we’ll see.
“What Ange is doing is incredible.
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“Every Aussie is following Tottenham now, every Aussie is a secret Tottenham supporter.
“It is great to watch from afar. Being in this country, everyone knows he’s a genuine person. You can see that in his interviews and he’s got passion for the game, he is hungry for the success.
“Has it surprised me? No, definitely not. I’m surprised that an Aussie had the opportunity to get into the Premier League.
“He’s already blown expectations out by doing that.”
Harry Kane is now starring at Bayern MunichCredit: Getty
On Ipswich’s flying start, the midfielder added: “We’re doing alright, only 11 games in but we’re doing some good stuff and it’s enjoyable which is the main thing.
“Promotion last season was the plan but even now we’re not talking about promotion.
“We’re talking about building our performances.
“We know where we’re at, we’re not stupid. We’re second in the league but we need to stay humble and do the right things.”
Luongo’s success at Ipswich has seen him recalled to the Australia squad ahead of Friday’s game with England at a sold out Wembley.
The former Swindon man, 31, is relishing a reunion with former Spurs academy team-mate Harry Kane, but is also ready to see just how far Jude Bellingham has come since the two met in a 1-1 draw between Birmingham and Sheffield Wednesday four years ago.
Luongo said: “He is a top player, I played against him when he was at Birmingham and was 17.
“The hype was huge at that age. As an experienced Champ player you think he’s not that good but then you realise he’s 17.
“He matched the hype, for sure.
“He was able to shine, he looked incredible. His brother is doing the same in the Championship.
“It will be a bit different playing Jude to Jobe, he’s got a few years on him.
“He is playing at the best club in the world, I always look forward to coming up against someone like that.”
Luongo began his professional career at TottenhamCredit: Getty
Bellingham starred for Birmingham as a teenagerCredit: Getty