Date: 7th November 2019 at 8:00am
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One of the finest memories in recent history for Tottenham fans was all thanks to the talents of Lucas Moura. Obviously, we’re talking about THAT hat-trick against Ajax in the Champions League semi-final second-leg, but since then Lucas has done very little.

This season has been a disappointment for the Brazilian. So far he’s scored twice and assisted once in his 12 appearances for the Lilywhites this season (Transfermarkt), and he really has to start turning up and showing what he can do if he wants to make himself a common feature in Mauricio Pochettino’s starting eleven.

The former PSG man’s first full season in England came in the 2018/19 season, and whilst he certainly had his moments, with that hat-trick against Ajax, another treble against Huddersfield and a brace at Old Trafford, but consistency proved to be an issue.

Once again this season the inconsistent performances have continued. Against Everton on the weekend he was shocking, picking up just a 5/10 rating from Football.London in his quiet showing on Merseyside during the 1-1 draw at Goodison Park.

Improvements have to come fast from Lucas, though. Not a lot seems to be going for him at the moment, and the way he’s playing is a long way off of the way he was last season, even if we are only early in the season.

Looking at the attacker’s stats from the Premier League this season and last, Lucas is averaging fewer key passes and dribbles per game this season and has also been winning fewer fouls (WhoScored), so picking up his game and making some changes is absolute key.

Does Lucas Moura get into the strongest current Tottenham XI?

Yes! Of course!

Yes! Of course!

No way!

No way!

The attacking options at Tottenham are strong Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son are undroppable when on top form, and with Dele Alli scoring in two of his last three games, it’s becoming increasingly harder for Lucas to get into the starting eleven, so improvements are vital at this stage.

 
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One Reply to “Opinion: Out of form Tottenham man simply has to find his feet”

  • For players to find their feet they must be given the opportunities to do so. Lucas has been given very much bit parts since his Euro hat trick (which got us to the final almost single handed btw). Even when he did this he was left out of the final, which probably cost us the trophy and possibly partly accounts for his loss of confidence.

    Also his type of play requires decent service from the creative players in the team (Eriksen, Dele) that has been sadly lacking when he comes on, particularly in the Everton game that he was slagged off for. The irony is that Poch gives plenty of time for Eriksen and Dele to find their form, at the expense of the team’s performance but if Lucas is not making an impact in the ten minutes or so that he is allowed on he is immediately dismissed as you are dismissing him him now.

    Give the man a decent run in the team to restore his form and confidence I say. Otherwise we will be losing someone who could make a big difference to our future prospects.

    As an aside I note that Marcus Edwards was man of the match against the Gunners yesterday, with talk about other leading teams now showing an interest in his Messi like qualities.

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