Paul Robinson has defended Lucas Moura after his poor display in Tottenham’s defeat to West Ham, citing that his work rate for the team makes it difficult to criticise him.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side were compounded to a fourth straight defeat to London opposition this season, losing to 1-0 to the Hammers after Michail Antonio’s second-half effort.
It was a poor second period display from a Spurs side looking to respond from a disappointing defeat to Vitesse Arnhem last Thursday, after they failed to record a single attempt on target at the West Ham goal during the second half.
Although the whole team had difficulty mustering up a meaningful performance, Brazilian winger Moura struggled particularly, losing possession the most out of any player on the pitch at the London Stadium, while failing to create a single chance for his teammates.
However, former Spurs goalkeeper Robinson believes Moura should not be taking all the blame for his performance and pointed the finger at the display of the whole team as something to look at instead.
“I will never criticise Lucas Moura for the way he plays,” he told Football Insider. “He gives everything to the team. It just did not happen for him [on Sunday].
“He was playing in a team that was playing poorly. This team has no identity or style. I don’t think the players know how they are meant to play. I just think Lucas Moura had a bad day.
“Regardless of when and where he plays, you get 150 per cent from him. His energy with and without the ball is second to none. It was a bad day at the office for him but he was certainly not alone.
“I will never criticise Lucas Moura because he puts everything in for the Spurs shirt. He is constantly trying to do the right thing with or without the ball.”
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It would be unfair to point the blame towards one single player, as the entire team struggled to put in a decent performance. It is fair to say that Moura didn’t perform well, but others needed to step up when the side needed lifting, and they didn’t.
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