Date: 19th February 2018 at 4:27pm
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Former Spurs midfielder Danny Murphy was quick to praise Lucas Moura after the Brazilian scored his first goal for Tottenham.

The speedster was making his full debut when he came up with a great finish to level the score at 1-1 against Rochdale. Speaking on BBC Sport`s live coverage of the game, the pundit waxed lyrical about our new £25m signing`s display:

‘Ryan Delaney thought he had him but Lucas Moura just put himself into fifth gear and he was gone. He’s electric isn’t he? He can just go up the gears very, very quickly with that good close control.’

I was also very impressed with Lucas`s performance in general. Considering it was effectively his first taste of English football, following a cameo appearance against Juve last week, I thought he handled the situation very well.

Pace is a vital asset in the Premier League, and as Murphy mentions, he can go past people in a blink of an eye. Going by his goal yesterday (as well as his record at PSG). he does have an end-product too.

What I liked particularly about the equalising goal was that he found space in Rochdale`s backline and exploited it. Once he got through the gap and received the pass, he was then composed enough to lift it over the keeper. It was a display that bodes very well for the future.

Of course, we will have to see where he fits into Poch`s first team plans. With Erik Lamela also able to play from the right-hand side, Lucas is going to have a job on his hands to be a regular starter, but on first impressions, he looks more than capable of forcing his way into our first eleven.

Thoughts Vital Spurs folks?


84 Replies to “Murphy lauds “Electric” performance.”

  • Pace is a bit of a general term, a bit like calling someone a striker without making clear whether we are talking about Defoe or Andy Carroll. As I’ve already said Maura reminded me of Aaron Lennon with his speed (maybe Lennon was actually slightly quicker), low centre of gravity and tight turning circle. The big advantage Lucas has is he’s clearly a lot stronger than Lennon was and therefore you can’t easily knock him off the ball. He may also be a much better finisher, but you can’t come to any conclusions on the basis of one goal.

  • What fruits of prosperity have we received with Lamela playing from the right? Lucas just after one performance is in a different class and looks a more accomplished player. Make him first choice.

  • Jod, I know what you are say re comparison with Lennon, but imo Lucas is totally different class. For once I found his Youtube videos matched what I saw of him v Rochdale (unlike all the other AM’s we signed!!). You will have notice most his charging runs were not on the wing but in the inside channel to middle. I think, like Lennon he will get the fans standing up every time he goes past players. I think when played along side Harry, Dele + Eriksen, it should be an exciting combo and a very potent one. It will be one of Lamela or Lucas.

  • RichmondSpur – Lamela played from the right during 2015/16 obtaining us a record 3rd (2nd?), title challenging season setting the new bar and expectations of the team and club as a whole. 5th place the season before, I think most expected a top 4 challenge again, but the bar was raised again. Son replaced Lamela last season and was stellar. Chelsea’s no Europe season was the difference between us and the title, for me. Adding Lucas (Lennon++) to the mix looks to be a masterstroke, in my eyes, as he has true winger dribbling pace and ability while looking like a team player too, is something we’ve missed since Walker to Citeh.

  • Did Wigan just hand us our first trophy in a decade? Will Poch now make the FA Cup our number one priority? Did City’s defeat against a League One team make our effort against a League One side look super-human? Stuffed if I know!

  • Geofspurs – I was thinking the same thing 😉 I’d fancy our chances vs Utd or Chelsea as the last of the big guns. Agreed with most to play the same team again for fitness, maybe throw in Lamela to start.

  • TQ2, if Leicester suddenly get the same belief as a couple of seasons ago, they may go and lift the trophy!!

  • Was a great finish by Lucas, and good all round play, I thought. Won more than his fair share of headers, showing good timing and ethic, while his dribbling gave real glimpses to what he can bring to the squad. He also looks to be quite selfless, unselfish and a good appreciation for a pass, simple or more extravagant, which bodes well fitting into our press. He looks to have the bits Lennon was missing to reach the next level(s?). Alli, Son and Lamela will have real competition for places and, hopefully, step up to the challenge. COYS!

  • Just read somewhere that it was Moura’s first start since August and first goal since September …. imagine how good he could be when he’s match fit!!

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