According to a recent report from El Desmarque, Tottenham attacker Lucas Moura has been linked with a move away from the club this month. The 26-year-old only joined the Premier League outfit back in January after a five-year stint at French giants Paris Saint-Germain, although he was unable to command regular football under Mauricio Pochettino in the second half of last season.
And reports suggest that Real Betis are interested in the winger, and while cashing in on the Brazil international is likely to frustrate and disappoint several Spurs fans, it could prove to be great news for £18 million-rated Tottenham star Erik Lamela (as per Transfermarkt).
Ultimately, Moura’s arrival back in the winter stimulated much optimism among Spurs supporters, what with the 26-year-old enjoying a fine stint at PSG in winning four Ligue 1 titles and a whole host of other domestic honours.
Yet his addition somewhat pushed Argentina international Lamela further down the pecking order, which itself was already well-stocked with the likes of Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, and Son Heung-min, the latter three of which commanded the most regular first team football.
As such, while returning from a year out with a hip injury must be taken in account, Lamela mustered just seven Premier League starts for Pochettino’s side last term to underline his struggles in forcing his way into the starting eleven, and a fine pre-season from Brazil’s Moura is only likely to further push the 26-year-old away from the first team.
But were Spurs to cash in on Moura this month, it would open the door for Lamela to reignite a career that has somewhat stalled in recent times, not least as a result of a hip injury that kept him out for the best part of 2017.
Before sustaining that hip problem in October of 2016, Lamela was arguably enjoying his best spell since moving to Tottenham in 2013 having netted 11 goals and laying on ten assists in the 2015/16 campaign, before starting the following season promisingly as well.
Yet the likes of Alli, Eriksen, and Son have all produced the goods in Lamela’s absence to suggest that that trio are ahead of the Argentine in Pochettino’s pecking order, but with the latter away on international duty with South Korea at the Asian Games, there appears to be an opportunity for one of Moura or Lamela to stake a claim for regular football.
As such, were Tottenham to let the former go this month, it could spell great news for the latter in his bid to get his career going again after a testing few years.
Tottenham fans… what do you think? Let us know!