It was a slow start to life in England for Lucas Moura following his January move from Paris Saint-Germain to Tottenham in January.
Moura, who was once put in the same bracket as his former PSG team-mate Neymar, arrived in north London with the hope of finally being able to fulfil his potential.
Simply put, Moura had stagnated significantly back in Paris, failing to blossom into the world-class player many had expected him to by now.
With the big-money arrivals of Neymar from Barcelona and Kylian Mbappe from AS Monaco, it was time for change for Moura with the Brazilian pushed firmly down the pecking order.
Mauricio Pochettino, of course, provided Moura with the opportunity to switch environments in a move that some could argue, was not the best for the Brazil international.
With the trio of Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-Min all in fine form for Tottenham last season, Moura struggled to break into the side. He made just six Premier League appearances and became an option that Pochettino would mostly look towards for FA Cup games.
Ultimately, it was a slow integration into the team for £25.2m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Moura, but the ex-PSG man has finally come to life at the beginning of this season.
After scoring three goals — with two of them coming against Manchester United at Old Trafford in Tottenham’s 3-0 win over Jose Mourinho’s men — Moura was named the Premier League Player of the Month for August.
And, with the ability he possesses, Moura’s August displays were only the tip of the iceberg.
The Sao Paulo youth product has the skill set to destroy practically any full-back in the country.
Moura’s pace and directness is something Tottenham have lacked for a while and, now that he is starting to find his feet in England, it is something he can offer the team in abundance.
Much was said about Tottenham’s lack of transfer activity in the summer and their failed pursuit of Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish (via Sky Sports) but, with the way Lucas has been playing, all can now be forgotten.