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Lucas Moura in: Now this £7.2m-rated outcast will surely thrive at Tottenham

The resident Lilywhites in the Transfer Tavern were delighted to finally welcome Lucas Moura to the club on transfer deadline day following weeks of speculation. 

Tottenham Hotspur officially signed Lucas Moura from Paris Saint-Germain on January 31st in a deal worth £25 million. Mauricio Pochettino’s acquisition pleased the majority of the Tottenham supporters who had been crying out for the acquisition of a natural wide player since the summer of 2017.

Indeed, for all of Tottenham’s quality within their squad, they were certainly missing the presence of a winger who has both the confidence and the ability to run directly at the opposition in wide areas, so Moura’s transfer should prove to be an extremely positive move for the club.

However, the Spurs faithful may need to be patient with their new signing whilst he finds his feet in the Premier League. Moving from Ligue 1 to the Premier League has typically proven to be a difficult transition to make, and Moura should prove to be no exception considering his lack of first-team football this season.

During the campaign so far, Moura has only played 70 minutes of competitive football for the French giants due to the intense competition for places in PSG’s first-team squad which contains Neymar, Mbappe, Draxler and Di Maria, but the Brazilian’s statistics from last season should give the supporters plenty of faith in their latest acquisition.

During the 2016/17 season, Moura scored 19 goals and provided 11 assists in all-competitions for PSG, and his ability to pick out his team-mates inside the box was a staple feature of his game. Moura’s quality in this regard should give Tottenham’s flop summer-signing Fernando Llorente a glimmer of hope for the future.

Since his transfer from Swansea last summer, Llorente (valued at £7.2 million by Transfermarkt) has scored just 2 goals from 23 appearances in Tottenham white, although it must be noted that 16 of those appearances were as a substitute. Llorente was always going to struggle for success with Harry Kane ahead of him in the pecking order, but his struggles have been intensified by a lack of service into the box.

Moura is a player who has the ability to pick the ball up out wide and play a precise cross into the area to pick out a target man such as Llorente, and that factor will certainly increase the number of goal-scoring opportunities for the Spaniard in his future Tottenham appearances.

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