Recency bias will ensure that Tottenham fans give Lucas Moura the highest of marks for his efforts this season. The Brazilian is now a hero amongst the fans and will be until the end of time for one particular performance in Amsterdam that, as you can imagine, we will come onto later. However, it has not all been rosy for Lucas in his first full season at the club.
Mauricio Pochettino once again proved his brilliance when he moved to secure the signing of Moura back in January 2018 for a fee of £23 million from PSG. Ironically, the Lilywhites signed the Brazilian after PSG deemed him not fit enough to be apart of a squad that can compete for a Champions League, and the now-Arsenal manager Unai Emery sold him to them, to make it even sweeter.
It initially took Lucas some time getting used to all things English football, although having his once PSG teammate Serge Aurier at the club will no doubt have helped. Now, though, it looks like the livewire has got to grips with things in North London, and his first full season has been full of both highs and lows, which we will be looking at as we preview the £28.8 million (as per Transfermarkt) man’s season.
There will be plenty of high moments for Lucas Moura that could take the crown for his finest of the season, yet when it comes to his low, there is only one that really jumps out. The odd inconsistent performance that sees Lucas drift in and out, but mostly out, of a game isn’t going to be enough to make his low of the season, but what will?
For the Brazilian, the low of the season has to be his performance and missed penalty against Chelsea way back in January in the Carabao Cup semi-finals. You will already know how it went down, but for those who need their memory jogging, a 1-0 home win followed by a 2-1 away loss saw a penalty-shootout ensue, and Lucas Moura ultimately missed his spot-kick as the Lilywhites lost.
It wasn’t all bad, and whilst it was tough to take at the time, losing that clash has not defined Spurs’ season. The 26-year-old Brazilian winger stepped up and missed his kick in between successful penalties from Jorginho and David Luiz as the Blues secured their place at Wembley. It’s fair to say Lucas has saved his best for the Premier League and the Champions League, and this one penalty miss is the major blot on his mostly strong CV for the season.
Do we even need to tell you what this will be? There have certainly been a number of strong contenders. From the August double at Old Trafford to the equaliser in Barcelona to send Tottenham through the Champions League group stages. You could even throw his Huddersfield hat-trick, the first ever at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, into the mix. Despite these, only one moment can make it here.
That aforementioned night in Amsterdam. We have no doubt that there will still be Tottenham fans who cannot believe they are in the Champions League final, and also cannot believe the style in which they made it there. The drama, the madness and the Lucas Moura heroics will live forever in the memory of the fans who watched from inside the Johan Cruijff ArenA, from Amsterdam and from at home on their TV’s.
It was Lucas’ second hat-trick of the season and his 13th, 14th and 15th goals of the season. There isn’t any moment in the Lilywhites recent history that will come close to the bedlam that ensued after Moura scored his 3rd goal, a goal which saw Pochettino’s side set to make it to the Champions League Madrid final on aggregate in the 96th minute. If the Brazilian was to retire tomorrow he would forever be welcome back at Tottenham, and it’s fair to say he’ll never have to buy a pint in North London again.
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