Jamie Mackie has singled out Lucas Moura for praise after the Brazilian scored Tottenham’s match-winner against Burnley on Wednesday. 

Moura was one of several Tottenham players who put in a poor display at the London Stadium on Sunday as West Ham emerged 1-0 winners in the derby.

The winger was left on the bench for the Carabao Cup clash at Turf Moor but he came on much earlier than he would have expected as Bryan Gil had to be withdrawn with an injury in the first half.

Moura looked quite lively after coming on as the Burnley midfielders and defenders found it difficult to cope with his energetic runs.

The 29-year-old popped up with the winner in the 68th minute as he met Emerson Royal’s cross with a header near the penalty area to guide it past Nick Pope in the Burnley goal.

Mackie credited the former Paris Saint-Germain winger for always trying to make things happen when he gets on the ball.

The former QPR striker told Soccer Special on Sky Sports (27/10/21 – 21:45 onwards): “The subs have made a difference. After the goal, they carried on, on the front foot. 

“They are actually pushing for another. It’s that man, Lucas Moura again. He finds himself in really good positions. He sort of drifts across the front three. 

“A lot of good things, since he came on, a lot of good things have come through him. 

“He has been a bright spark as they have had tonight. He’s busy. Every time I watch him, Moura, he has a go. 

“In every game, he is always trying to make things happen. He certainly did that tonight, in what has been a pretty slow game to watch.”

Spurs Web Opinion 

Apart from Moura, we do not really have any other attacker who looks to take defenders on every time they get the ball. 

Bryan Gil seems fairly direct but he will take time to get used to the Premier League and I suspect Paratici and Nuno see him as someone who will evolve into a central player in the long term.

That is why I would not be surprised to see us go for a direct winger like Traore when the transfer window opens in January.

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