Opinion: What is Pochettino’s problem with Lucas Moura?

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur are desperately searching for some in-form first-team players to kickstart their season, with the likes of Ndombele, Kane, and Son being three of the only standouts so far this campaign.

While fringe players from last season like Erik Lamela have been given a chance to shine this year, Lucas Moura has been restricted yet again under Pochettino.

In the Premier League, Moura has completed 90 minutes just twice this season, coming against Aston Villa and Newcastle, but has failed to last a full match in the past seven (Transfer Markt).

Moura was an unused substitute against Arsenal and Southampton, and played under seven minutes against Crystal Palace, Leicester, and Liverpool.

His total minutes played all season has only amounted to 494 out of a possible 1,260 plus.

I can’t understand Pochettino’s problem with the Brazilian. He always seems to work hard, he often looks extremely sharp in the final third, and he has pace to burn.

It seems to me that Moura would have been a far better choice against Liverpool than Eriksen, for both his ability to keep up with Robertson and carry the ball up the field with his impressive dribbling.

Lucas has never really been given an extended run as a starting XI player under Poch, making it extremely difficult for him to maintain any kind of form or rhythm.

In a time like this, Poch should be looking to the experienced ex-PSG star to help lead the team out of the darkness.

I am hoping and praying that we get to see the tricky winger start against Everton with Kane and Son, and hopefully for many games beyond that too.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Like many decisions rendered by Pooch this season this baffles common sense. Playing an obviously dis-interested player such as Eriksen , who is also way way off form, over Moura shows really bad judgement. Are management really interested in success for this team or, as I suspect, more interested in the bottom line of the shopping centre.
    Now we get the news that we are going to promote from within January hinting on NO signings. Truly a crazy decision.
    Obviously we can kiss Champions League etc goodbye for the foreseeable future.

  2. Hoping and praying won’t do it. The common factor in all these match-losing decisions boils down to one man at Spurs, who seems determined to make the same stupid mistakes over and over again, and maybe conceives of new ones in his spare time.

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