Last month it was reported that there was interest from Saudi Arabian clubs in Tottenham Hotspur forward, Lucas Moura. Those rumours have since died down, however, a move to Saudi Arabia would represent a huge stepdown for the 28-year-old and it perhaps begs the question, is he still good enough to play in the Premier League?
Lucas Moura has never been able to produce astronomical numbers in the Premier League. His best output coming in 2018/19, when he registered 10 goals and 1 assist (transfermarkt).
Since then, he has never contributed to more than 10 G/A in the Premier League. Last season was once again rather underwhelming in terms of numbers for the Brazilian, he managed 3 goals and 4 assists in 30 PL games, albeit only 14 of which were starts (Transfermarkt).
He has had to face competition for the final position of the front three from Steven Bergwijn, Gareth Bale and Erik Lamela and the Welshman is the only one who has been remotely close to the output that Tottenham need.
Of course, it is unfair to judge Moura solely on numbers, whenever he is at his best, he can really drive the team forward with his pace and exceptional dribbling, not to mention his relentless work rate. He also enjoyed some great form throughout February and March, occupying the number 10 role which allowed him to have a much greater influence on the game.
We also have Lucas to thank for single-handedly destroying Ajax and sending Tottenham to their first-ever Champions League final in the most dramatic fashion by completing a second half hat-trick to overcome a three-goal deficit and progress on away goals. A moment which will always be cherished by Spurs fans.
More to the point, the Brazilian’s contract runs out in 2024, and his market value is currently around £22.5m (Transfermarkt). Coincidently, Marcus Thuram whom the club have been strongly linked with, could be available for just €30m (£25m) according to Foot Mercato.
Therefore, my verdict is, if the right offer came in for former PSG man, which would allow for fresh blood to come into the club, then I would be happy to see him leave.
However, I also think he can still be a useful member of the squad and that there are other positions in the team which take higher priority in terms of strengthening.
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