Opinion: How Jose Mourinho saved Lucas Moura’s Spurs career

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Dom Le Roy

Jose Mourinho has saved Lucas Moura’s Spurs career. The Brazilian was not getting playtime, not delivering goal contributions, and was seldom making the starting XI.

That was until Mourinho started playing Lucas as an attacking midfielder in the number 10 role. The 28-year-old has reinvigorated himself and has gotten back amongst the goals and assists since his position change.

Before Lucas’ change to attacking mid, the Brazilian had one Premier League goal and no assists to his name. Lucas was also struggling to get minutes in general in the EPL with only 16 appearances (four starts).

Fortunately, Lucas Moura has thrived in his new position. Lucas’s ability to receive the ball and drive at the heart of defences is unparalleled. The Brazilian also does excellently to draw fouls in dangerous areas while causing chaos in and around the box.

This position change to where he started his career has benefitted him greatly. It has been reflected by Jose Mourinho’s team selections in the past few weeks with the Brazilian getting five starts in the last six Premier League games.

Even in the bitterly disappointing North London Derby defeat yesterday, Moura still shone as Tottenham’s most impressive attacking player.

It may have even saved his career at Spurs as rumours were beginning to surface of Lucas leaving in the summer. Fabrizio Romano revealed this in his guest appearance on the Last Word on Spurs podcast in January.

However, Lucas seems safe now with Dele Alli underperforming and Giovani Lo Celso still on the sidelines, although the Argentine is nearing a return which could make things interesting.

The next few games will have a massive impact on where and how often Lucas Moura plays for the rest of the season. But overall, Lucas will feel much more confident in his new role at the club.

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