Just when it looked like Spurs would remain silent as the transfer window closes, they secured a big-name talent, as Lucas Moura arrives in London.
Our beloved club might do things the hard way, causing heightened stress for millions of supporters, but more often than not they get things right. Anything worthwhile takes time to develop, and is often difficult to obtain. Both are true of Tottenham’s latest signing.
Let’s take a moment to breath a collective sigh of relief; Spurs, by writing a cheque to PSG for £25 million, have pulled an irritating, disabling thorn from their side. That thorn manifested itself in a lack of attacking prowess from wide areas.
Moura will add another dimension to Mauricio Pochettino’s already potent attack. A bold winger who takes joy in taking on defenders at pace, Moura will provide Spurs with desired width. The Brazilian patrols the sideline and marauds with intent, unafraid of experimenting in possession.
The 25-year-old is a proven winner, accumulating four Ligue 1 titles and 13 total domestic trophies. With 35 caps and an Olympic silver medal with Brazil, he’s no stranger to international football.
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Lucas joined the French champions for £33.5m from Sao Paulo in 2013 but has made only six cameo appearances this season.
Overall, Moura contributed substantially at PSG, scoring 46 goals and contributed 50 assists in 229 appearances. Take those number with a grain of salt though, as PSG’s utter dominance of the French top flight is well documented.
According to Football.London, Pochettino’s last 99 substitutions have supplied a single goal. If Moura doesn’t crack the starting 11, he’ll certainly offer relief off the bench. Moura is a perfect player to bring on in the latter stages, when the opposition’s legs become heavy.
Moura is available for Champions League selection, maybe the sweetest part of the transfer in the short-term.
Moura, who is excited about coming to Spurs, will do his utmost to challenge for an eventual spot in the first team. For Tottenham’s sake, I hope he does exactly that.