It is fair to say that Lucas Moura’s recent performances up until Sunday had left a lot to be desired in a Tottenham shirt.
The Brazilian was as culpable as any other attacking player for the team’s failure to create in the final third, failing to see passing options and giving the ball away of late.
Despite his poor form, Jose Mourinho kept faith with the Brazilian, with the 27-year-old finally repaying the Spurs boss’ faith in the all-important derby on Sunday.
Moura started on the left in a 4-4-2 formation and was tasked with helping Ben Davies to repel Arsenal’s attacks down their right-hand side, while also joining in the counter-attacks with the likes of Harry Kane and Heung-min Son.
The former PSG man excelled in the role as he not only proved defensively sharp enough to nullify the away side’s threat down his flank but was also one of Tottenham’s most creative players on the day.
Some Spurs fans were delighted to be proved wrong by Moura, with a few even suggesting that he could potentially be used as a full-back.
Different gear 💪🏽💪🏽💪🏽
— Lilywhite Rose (@Lilywhite_Rose) July 12, 2020
Lucas Moura with some mad stats:
Key passes 2
Duels won 16 💥
Tackles won 10 💥
You can see why jose loves him 👏🏽 pic.twitter.com/AAiMSEy0ZK
— TAS⚽️ (@coys100) July 12, 2020
Not been the biggest supporter or Lucas Moura recently, however what a performance from him yesterday, real effort/determination from him. 10 tackles and looked knackered when he came off
— James Palmer (@jamesmp_thfc) July 13, 2020
Lucas Moura has made more tackles than David Luiz this season 😂 pic.twitter.com/pYLnB63VWh
— Aryeh 🇮🇱 (@hadar_yid) July 13, 2020
After yesterday’s game I can confidently say that Lucas Moura is a better player than Nicolas Pepe and cost three times less as well.
— Jack (@SpursIad) July 13, 2020
Lucas Moura left mid could be the start of something special
— Connor (@THFCConnor) July 13, 2020
Unreal shift from Lucas
— 👁dyssey (@23Ody32) July 13, 2020
Lucas Moura made 10 (TEN) tackles against Arsenal, the most any Tottenham player has made in a Premier League game across the past four seasons.
— The Spurs Express (@TheSpursExpress) July 12, 2020
Lucas Moura would be a decent RB
— 🇸🇪 (@axelthfc) July 13, 2020
I’m certain Lucas Moura will end up as a right back in the later stages of his career
— Omo OGUN🔥🔥 (@dwight_doctore) July 12, 2020
Lucas is a better right back than Forward🤣
— Joe🌊 (@_thfcJoe) July 13, 2020
Spurs Web Opinion
Moura showed against Arsenal why Jose has so much faith in him as he proved that he could perform a role that requires a lot of tactical discipline. His work rate on Sunday was phenomenal but I was especially impressed with his vision and the choices he made on the ball, both areas that have let him down for large parts of the season.
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