Darren Bent suggests Pochettino doesn’t trust forward to start on a regular basis

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Dom Le Roy

Former Tottenham striker Darren Bent has claimed that manager Mauricio Pochettino has lost faith in Lucas Moura, which is why he is hesitant to offer the Brazilian many starts.

Moura was in terrific form last season and while the 27-year-old wasn’t a regular starter in the Spurs team sheet through the entirety of last season, he proved that he knows where the back of the net is.

The former PSG man, however, has only started two of Tottenham’s five Premier League games so far this season.

Moura got his opportunity in the Champions League opener against Olympiacos on Wednesday and while his performance didn’t stand out, he once again got on the scoresheet with a well-taken strike.

Bent is convinced that the Brazilian international deserves a sustained run in the side but suggested that perhaps Pochettino doesn’t trust him enough.

Speaking to Football Insider, the former Spurs striker said: “Let’s be honest, Lucas Moura gets left out the side anyway, even when he doesn’t deserve to. It’s not even a fact of Lamela’s keeping him out. Maybe Pochettino feels he can’t trust Lucas Moura over a sustained period of time.

“We saw when Spurs went to Manchester United and he was sensational. Then he scored goal after goal after goal. Big games he’s always performed but for whatever reason, he can’t get a sustained run in the team.

“I don’t quite understand what’s happening with Lucas Moura. It must come down to the manager not fancying him.”

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Bent might have a point in saying that the 27-year-old deserves to have a sustained run in the side but one has to take into account the competition for places in attacking positions with the likes of Harry Kane, Son Heung-min, Erik Lamela and Dele Alli all fit.

While all of these players aren’t going to get into the team, hopefully, the competition will push them to perform at their best.

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