Michael Dawson has lavished praise on Lucas Moura, insisting that the Brazilian does not get the credit he deserves.
When Antonio Conte arrived at Tottenham, most people would have been expecting the Italian to follow a similar blueprint to his Inter Milan side by playing a 3-5-2 with Harry Kane and Son Heung-min up top.
However, Conte has decided to field a 3-4-3 instead, with Moura starting all three games under the new boss against Vitesse Arnhem, Everton and Leeds.
The 29-year-old found the back of the net against Vitesse but struggled to make much of an impact at Goodison Park.
The former PSG man looked back to his old self in the 2-1 win over Leeds on Sunday as he went past players with ease and looked dangerous every time he got on the ball.
While Moura did make some mistakes in possession and his quality in the final third let him down on a couple of occasions, Dawson insisted that the value the winger brings to the Tottenham side by getting them up the pitch should not be underestimated.
“When he picks up the ball and teams get after him and the pace and the way he runs through.
“There were times when he gets fouled, he just gives the defenders an opportunity to get up the field.”
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If Lucas can improve his decision making in the final third, he will be a world-class attacker. Whether or not the Brazilian manages to be a regular in Conte’s starting eleven in the coming weeks and months, there is no doubt that the 29-year-old is an extremely useful squad player to have.
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