Tottenham Hotspur failed to sign a single player in the summer transfer window, the first Premier League team in history to ever do so.
However, one man has breathed a new life into Spurs this season, despite being signed way back last January.
Lucas Moura was purchased from PSG for under £25m (BBC Sport), and has already proved himself to be an absolute bargain.
Moura scored his first Premier League goal of the season against Fulham at Wembley with a delightful curled effort.
He then followed this up with a brace away to Man United in a famous 3-0 win.
Lucas only featured in 11 matches last season, and amassed a meagre total of under 80 minutes in the Prem.
This season the Brazilian has started almost every game in the Premier League, and his pace and trickery has been a huge part of Tottenham’s success.
He even won the Premier League player on the month in August, showing how settled he now is in London.
Lucas told the Spurs website: “I enjoy life every day, work hard, do my best and smile.
“Life is beautiful. I play football and I love to play football. I have amazing friends here and the Club is amazing.
“It’s a big opportunity for me to play in the Premier League, in the Champions League and to live in London.
“I always believed that I would play and help my team-mates. I always work hard and that’s why I think the opportunity has come.
“I always said my objective is to help my team-mates, to show my capacity and help the Club to win. I try to improve each game.
“I enjoy life every day, I work hard, do my best…and I smile.
“It’s not easy to get to have an opportunity like this so I need to enjoy it and as I said, I say thank-you every day.”
On playing so many fixtures this month, and a packed winter/Christmas schedule, Moura said: “I’ve never done that before. It’s crazy – and they are all big games!
“It’s good and we know we always need to be ready. That’s why we prepare well for every game and I rest at home when I can. There are a lot of difficult games, physical games and I need to be ready, to look after myself, to rest and prepare.
“It wasn’t an easy month, lots of difficult games and I think we are doing well. I’m very proud of my team-mates.”
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