Former Spurs goalkeeper Paul Robinson has praised the qualities of Lucas Moura – but thinks Harry Kane is keeping the Brazilian out of the Tottenham team.
Speaking to Football Insider, Robinson believes that Moura’s frequent omission from the first team is not down to a lack of quality from the 27-year-old, but because Kane is the standout first-choice to spearhead the Spurs attack.
He said: “I think he’s got a really key role to play in the squad as he just gives you something else.
“Harry Kane is the number-one pick, he starts regardless, so with Lucas Moura, it depends on what system the manager wants to play.
“He gives you that something extra with his pace, he’s a threat in behind but he also carries a goalscoring threat.
“The problem that Lucas Moura has got is Harry Kane because he plays every week and if the manager wants to play with one striker, then he’s kind of fighting for his positions.
Robinson may be right in that Moura’s inclusion is dependent on the system chosen by Mauricio Pochettino, but to suggest that Harry Kane is the individual keeping him out of the team is probably wide of the mark.
Firstly, Moura is predominantly a right-winger – with most of his appearances for Spurs coming in wide and/or midfield roles.
Midfield is arguably where Pochettino prefers to play him, with Moura starting in attacking midfield in the only game Harry Kane has sat out this season – as Troy Parrott was given the nod to lead the Spurs attack in their EFL Cup shootout defeat to Colchester United.
If anything, Moura is being kept out of the starting lineup by a combination of alternative wingers like Erik Lamela and Pochettino’s inconsistent choice of formations this season, which has seen Spurs deploy flatter midfields or a sole attacking midfielder behind two strikers on a number of occasions.
So while Moura may be left out of the team through reasons beyond his control, it seems Harry Kane is the least of his concerns, despite Robinson suggesting otherwise.
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