Lucas Moura can justifiably feel extremely hard done by at the way his career has unfolded over the last few years. He was doing well at PSG where despite performing consistently, he was the victim of the club’s spending spree on big names.
Since coming arriving Spurs in a £25million deal (Sky Sports), the Brazilian has continued to perform whenever given the opportunity and produced some memorable moments including the Champions League heroics of last campaign.
Yet, just like at PSG, he finds himself being relegated to a bit-part role at Tottenham. The 27-year-old has started only two Premier League games so far this campaign and isn’t getting too many opportunities despite the team’s poor showing.
He made a positive impact when he came on from the bench against Brighton and tested keeper Matt Ryan on a couple of occasions.
Former Spurs defender Alan Hutton believes it has come to a point where Mauricio Pochettino has no choice but to start the pacey attacker given Tottenham’s poor results.
When asked if Pochettino should be using Moura more, Hutton told Football Insider: “At this stage? I would be. He brings something different with his pace, I think when you look at the players he has been playing, Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, on their days they’re of course really good players, but you need more of that type of player.
“Even if he is not playing well, his pace can get you something, he is one who looks like he is trying his hardest whether he is starting or not, he looks like he is trying to win the game and get a goal so it’s coming to a stage where he has got to put him in.”
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While Hutton is certainly right when he says Moura brings something different to the team’s attack with his directness, the problem is that Pochettino has preferred to play two up front in Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane. It could also be that Pochettino views Moura as a more valuable asset coming off the bench than he is starting games.
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