Three reasons why Lucas Moura will finally earn his Spurs this season
Charlie Dear | 28 August 2018
Brazilian star ready to shine for Tottenham
All the post-match talk was surrounding Jose Mourinho after Manchester United’s 3-0 defeat to Tottenham at Old Trafford last night.
Mourinho’s ‘respect’ rant appeared to be a retort of a man losing his patience.
On another day, in another story-line, United could have been one or two goals up at half-time, but were pulled apart more by their own doing than Spurs’ magic play.
Harry Kane had given the North Londoners the lead but it was a nippy Brazilian forward who would steal the show on the pitch.
Lucas Moura stepped out of the shadows to deliver two fatal blows to the Red Devils and The Coral News Team look at what his resurgence can mean for Spurs…
A full second season
Lucas came into the club mid-way through a hectic Premier League campaign. Spurs had swept European powerhouses Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund aside before the Brazilian came in. The form of winger Son Heung-Min was vital to this swash-buckling style.
It was abundantly clear Spurs needed to bolster their squad for a tough second half of the season ahead. But to get in ahead of Harry Kane or Dele Alli was near impossible.
He would only make five starts for the club notching one goal in his first six months. He even blamed the stress of living in Europe for his baldness!
However, missing out on a place in Brazil’s World Cup squad may have been the reprieve he needed. With a full pre-season behind him the 26-year-old has finally announced himself to the Premier League.
Taking his opportunities
As previously mentioned, it was always going to be hard to displace the attacking trio of Alli, Kane and Son and Christian Eriksen place as chief creator seems secure.
However, with Son now competing in the Asian Games for South Korea, it’s given Moura the perfect opportunity to show fans why Daniel Levy was correct not to get his cheque book out.
He would have been keen to avoid the same issue that befell him at Paris Saint-Germain.
After being signed in 2012 and forming a three-pronged attack with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ezequiel Lavezzi and latterly Edinson Cavani, he was slowly ousted out of the side.
This display against Manchester United showed he can become a mainstay in the Spurs XI.
Realising his potential
After exploding onto the scene for Sao Paulo, the young Brazilian’s speed and technical ability caught the eye of European top clubs.
When PSG signed him it looked like a real coup at £38 million. Team-mate Jeremy Menez was soon moved on to allow the young forward to flourish.
However, with the influx of cash that came the Paris club’s way he was constantly competing with shiny new signings every summer.
It all proved too much last season with the arrival of Neymar and then Kylian Mbappe dropped him off the radar. Still only 26 years old, he may now have the perfect manager to get him firing again.
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