Opinion: Lucas should only make the starting XI when there are injuries

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Lucas Moura is a player for Spurs who has never cemented a regular spot in the first eleven. But, since his arrival from Paris Saint-Germain in the 2018 January transfer window, his time in North London has still been successful.

He had a promising campaign last season, netting 15 goals in all competitions in 55 appearances for Spurs (FcTables.com).

There is no question that Moura possesses great talent. His speed and trickery has caused numerous defenders problems and he is one of the best finishers at the club.

However, when all players at the club are fit to play, for me he doesn’t quite make it into the starting eleven.

We mustn’t underestimate the impact Lucas made in certain matches last season, including one second-half performance that of course will never be forgotten. His hat-trick at the Johan Cruyff Arena against Ajax completed one of the greatest Champions League comebacks in history.

Even if Lucas was to never score another goal again for Spurs, the fan base will forever adore him for his heroics that sent the club to their first Champions League final.

Another notable Lucas Moura performance was the third game of last season away at Old Trafford. He terrorised the United defence in the second period and scored two goals in a memorable 3-0 win.

These performances were the Brazilian at his dazzling best, something which we don’t always see.

It has sometimes become the case that Lucas has made more of an impact when he comes off the bench. This was evident this season when his first touch after coming on at the Etihad this season was the equaliser.

In other games that he starts, particularly against teams who sit deep, Lucas’ impact is sometimes minimal.

At this current moment, not everyone is available and therefore Lucas should be starting more games, particularly with the Champions League starting again on Wednesday.

Mauricio Pochettino has plenty of attacking options at his disposal, and when everyone is fit, Son, Eriksen and Dele Alli supporting Kane are the first choice attacking four.

When Lucas comes off the bench, he causes problems when he attacks tired defences. There is absolutely no doubt that Moura is a key squad player. He would be a loss if he were to leave the club.

Moura will start vital games for Tottenham, but his position in the starting XI has never been secure, and probably never will be.

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