Tottenham fans were left wanting to see more after getting a glimpse of new signing Lucas Moura during halftime against Manchester United.
Any potential misplaced doubts Lucas may have had about joining Tottenham would have vanquished within the first 11 seconds in an overall dominant display from the hosts. Ineligible for the game, Lucas, wrapped in a Spurs jacket and scarf, still managed more minutes on the field than Marouane Fellaini as he was unveiled to a buoyant Wembley crowd.
So how good is the man that forced Spurs into an uncharacteristic mid-season purchase, whose departure left Marquinhos and Neymar close to tears?
Well, on one side of the spectrum are the inevitable doom mongers labelling him as ‘the Brazilian Walcott’ or ‘the new Andros Townsend’ (in physical appearance at least). While at the other end he has been hailed as the next Garrincha, at one stage viewed by Sir Alex as the man to fill Cristiano Ronaldo’s vacated boots.
From an unbiased standpoint it seems an extremely shrewd bit of business from the Spurs chairman. The 25-year-old already boasts four Ligue 1 titles, an Olympic medal with Brazil, among other domestic and international prestige.
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Statistically Lucas has fared well in Paris, albeit in a weaker league. Last season the Brazilian scored 19 goals and created 11. However, the arrivals of Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, the world’s two most expensive players, limited his opportunities this campaign.
In theory Lucas should thrive in the current Spurs system. He is a natural winger with pace to burn and more than a vestige of flair to add.
One can only assume he has arrived fully determined to unlock his true potential. He certainly must talk a good game after a meeting with the Mauricio Pochettino last week tempted the manager into a transfer during a window he is so overtly against.
Speaking to the clubs official website Lucas stated:
"“I will give my best for this club because I think we have a lot of quality and we can win big things. Why not the Champions League? I’m so happy. It’s a big club and I need to enjoy it, work hard and show my quality.”"
When will Lucas make his début?
So when will Tottenham fans get to see more of their new number 27?
He has arrived in a pivotal month for the club. Last night saw Spurs embark on a season defining crusade of mouth-watering fixtures. A goal in any would be one sure way to endear himself to Spurs faithful.
However, his first chance will likely come in the FA Cup replay against Newport County next week, a team that Lucas most likely has never even heard of. Swapping Rodney Parade for Wembley could provide the perfect stage for Moura to truly announce himself.
Regaining a place in Brazil’s squad for the World Cup is no doubt in the forefront of the winger’s mind, and his only hope of doing so would be to hit the ground running in Lilywhite. He has his work cut out to break into Spurs’ in-form attacking quartet. But he has already piled the pressure on Son Heung-min and Dele Alli to up their game….. Well, when it comes to innovative handshake routines at least.