ESPN has reported that Lucas Moura wants to ‘make history’ with Tottenham. The story states that the Brazilian had to overcome adversity when younger and notes how Lucas feels Tottenham is a big club and his delight at the opportunity to play in the Premier League and Champions League.

Lucas will be 26 on 13 August. He joined Spurs at the end of the January transfer window this year for a fee that TransferMarket.com suggests was around £25 million. Though fans were very excited about his arrival, he had limited playing time in the Premier League in 2017-18, with just six appearances and 213 minutes of game time. When he did play he appeared sharp, speedy and incisive and Tottenham fans will want to see more.

“When I was young in Brazil, it was very difficult, and I worked a lot to be here, where I am now,” he said in the ESPN interview. “In Brazil, we have a lot of problems with violence. I lost friends I studied with. Unfortunately, it’s normal.

“I grew up in a really poor city. It was difficult, but I always had in my head that I would win, that I would be a professional player, help my family and friends, and realise my dream.

“It’s a dream to play in Europe, the Premier League, the Champions League. It’s a big gift from God.

“I wanted to play in another championship, and coming here was a big opportunity for me to play in the best league in the world. I want to enjoy it and give my best to make history here.

“Tottenham are a very big club, big in structure. I’m impressed with this, and I’m happy to come here.

“I believe we can do a big season, win a trophy. That’s why I’m here, to win a trophy, because I believe in the team, the project. We have the capacity to make history here.”

The opening game of the International Champions Cup got the club and Lucas off to a great start, with a 4-1 win over Roma in San Diego (26 July) with Lucas netting twice. What may surprise fans are his defensive and heading skills. One of his goals came from a header resulting from a Serge Aurier cross. Fans expressed their delight at his performance on Twitter.

With Spurs fans in the usual ‘Will he / won’t he buy’ panic, it is good to know one of our signings is showing promise of things to come, especially as deadline day is early this year (9 August). Other players owe us some decent showings and it would be fantastic to see Lamela, Llorente and Sissoko coming good. Potentially we have strength in depth within the existing squad.

Lucas played with Neymar at PSG, and Neymar expressed his sadness when Lucas left for Tottenham. Some Tottenham fans have referred to Lucas as ‘the bald Neymar’. With his ability to play anywhere across the front line, we are as pleased to have Lucas as he is to be here. Let’s hope we see him more often in PL games this coming season.

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