From becoming a bit-part player at PSG, Lucas Moura has a chance to become a key player at Tottenham in Mauricio Pochettino’s project
Lucas Moura passed his medical in London just before the transfer day deadline to seal the Brazilian’s permanent move with Tottenham, for an estimated fee of around $35 million. The 25-year old had fallen out of favor at Paris Saint Germain, after the arrival of the likes of Kylian Mbappé and Neymar JR but is this the right move for the flying-winger to make?
When Monaco and Barcelona stars Mbappé and Neymar arrived in Paris, everyone knew that Lucas had no realistic chance of breaking into the starting lineup, but no one predicted that he would merely get just 100 minutes across all competitions by January. The fact that the Brazilian has not been used in the Champions League, means that he is officially eligible to participate in the knockout stages with Tottenham, as they are set to collide with Italian giants Juventus, in the round of 16.
Lucas is automatically Tottenham’s fastest player the moment he signs. In other words, the Londoners were in desperate need of someone with his characteristics, as they had been forced to rotate the likes of Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela and Moussa Sissoko on the right flank. But none of them is a genuine winger, which meant that Argentinian tactician Mauricio Pochettino needed a fix in the transfer window. Moura will be able to add pace to the counter-attacks, as well as have the ability to take on defenders in one-on-one situations, thanks to his dribbling skills and dazzling runs.
While it is true that Lucas has been deemed surplus to requirements to the French giants this season, it should not be forgotten that he has just come out of his best campaign ever, at least statistically speaking, as he scored 19 goals and mustered 11 assists in all competitions last season. But the huge signings that PSG made last summer meant that the club needed to sell some of their players to meet the requirements of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play.
Between Neymar JR, Edinson Cavani, Kylian Mbappé, Julian Draxler, Angel Di Maria et al, it was perhaps a logical decision that Lucas Moura was the chosen one from PSG’s technical staff, to leave the club. But that does not mean that his career has hit a downfall. As a matter of fact, one could argue that the Brazilian will be a better fit at Tottenham than he has ever been at for the French side. Despite his flaws, he still possess many qualities and has time on his side to revive his football, as he is only 25-years-old.
Lucas joining Tottenham four months before the 2018 FIFA World Cup is a message that he still dreams of representing the national team. If he were to do so, then he would have to pull out a couple of standout performances in the Premier League, as well as against Juventus in European action. He would then make Tite’s life harder, as Brazil’s right wing spot is still up for grabs.