Bite-sized news for you to chew over - Luongo linked with Ipswich move, Popovic talks up foreign signings and marquee system under fire
Tottenham's Australian prospect Massimo Luongo has been linked with a season-long loan move to Ipswich Town. The East Anglian Daily Times claims the 19-year-old is a target for Town manager Paul Jewell in a bid to bolster the side's midfield ahead of the 2012-13 English Championship season. Luongo could be a potential replacement for former captain Grant Leadbitter, who is set to join Middlesbrough on a free transfer. Australian youth international Luongo could follow in the footsteps of club-mates Giovani dos Santos, Andros Townsend and Jake Livermore, who have previously spent time at Portman Road on temporary deals.
Visa players will form an important part of Western Sydney Wanderers' squad in their inaugural A-League season, according to coach Tony Popovic. The Wanderers have nine players on their books ahead of their debut match on October 6, but are yet to use one of their five foreign player spots in their 23-man squad. That may change soon, but Popovic said they would not fill the five slots if quality recruits were not available. "We're definitely going to be bringing in visa players," Popovic told reporters. "We're speaking to a lot of players around Europe and South America, we're working through that process and trying to bring a few players out on trial as well. If we feel that that five visa players will improve the quality of our team, we'll bring them in. If we feel they won't, then we'll limit it to one or two."
Adelaide United's chief executive Glenn Elliott says the A-League's marquee system "defies economic sense" and should be scrapped. Elliott believes the competition's salary cap should be one set figure, with clubs permitted to sign one international, one Australian and one youth player outside of the cap under the current system. "I know the owners, I've been to a few of the meetings, they all sit around a table and bemoan the player payments," he told The Adelaide Advertiser. "Then they move to the next subject - the so called marketing of players - and want to be able to pay [for] it. It just defies economic sense. We want high-profile players in this competition, not necessarily marquee players who sit outside the salary cap." But the marquee system got support from Professional Footballers Australia chief executive Brendan Schwab, who said the impact of international marquees such as Marcos Flores, Carlos Hernandez and Thomas Broich had "maintained the excellence of the competition".