Brazilian legend claims Spurs star should feel frustrated

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Dom Le Roy

Lucas Moura is finding opportunities hard to come by at Tottenham despite the club’s poor start to the season.

The Brazilian international has had to be content with a place on the bench for most of Tottenham’s games this season, with Mauricio Pochettino preferring to use Heung-Min Son to partner Harry Kane attack.

The 27-year-old was once again named among the substitutes for the 3-0 defeat against Brighton but made an impact when he came on late in the game and would have got on the score sheet if not for some a couple of decent saves by Mathew Ryan.

Following Moura’s heroics in the Champions League last season, he was expected to play a more important role for the side this season but that hasn’t materialised so far.

Brazilian great Rivaldo has now revealed his displeasure at his compatriot’s situation at Tottenham and suggested that he should feel frustrated at the lack of opportunities.

Speaking to Betfair, Rivaldo said: “Lucas Moura is losing importance in the Spurs team once again and I think he is behaving as a real professional, holding on and working normally.

“Perhaps if it was another player, we could have a different story, with the player complaining about the manager, after all he did for the team last season.

“This is also bad for Moura’s ambitions with the Brazilian national team. If he is not playing at his club, it’s tough to nail down a place in such a competitive national squad with so many good players who are performing well at club level.

“Lucas had a great end of season and already scored in Champions League this season against Olympiakos. He should feel frustrated at being used as a star substitute who only plays when the team has problems.

“No one likes to enter in a match when his team is losing 3-0 or 4-1 and miracles, like the one Spurs pulled off against Ajax last season, don’t come every day.”

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The problem for Lucas seems to be the formation that Pochettino is adopting. The Argentine has so far preferred to play a diamond in midfield and two up front. Thus, the only way Moura can get into the team is at the expense of Heung-Min Son and one certainly can’t question Pochettino for keeping trust with the South Korean.

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