After a quiet January transfer window last season, in which Tottenham did not bring in a single player, a deadline day swoop for Lucas Moura for £23m was just the thing to increase optimism amongst fans.
The Brazilian (valued at £25.2m on Transfermarkt.co.uk) had endured a tough first half of the season at French giants PSG, falling behind Neymar and Kylian Mbappé in the pecking order under Unai Emery, only making six substitute appearances. He was in need of a change, and Mauricio Pochettino gave him his opportunity.
This move excited a lot of Tottenham fans, who had grown restless over their club’s inactivity throughout January. It was more a sense of relief than anything else for fans, but Moura’s raw pace offered something that Tottenham were potentially lacking.
This is what the fans had to say:
Get in! Welcome to the Mighty Spurs Lucas #COYS
— Starsky (@StarskyDJ) January 31, 2018
Welcome Lucas!! What a massive talent big coup this is
— The big cheese #Coys (@MarkThomas2002) January 31, 2018
— Daniel Woodley (@dwoodley1990) January 31, 2018
Great signing come on you Spurs
— Gary (@GaryGpservices7) January 31, 2018
Great signing! Exactly what we needed #COYS
— Frankie Ellery (@FrankieEllery) January 31, 2018
However, the move did not enthral all fans of The Lilywhites. Some saw this as a fairly uninspired choice, believing Moura would not make it into the starting XI. The question remained as to why PSG were willing to sell a player so cheap, meaning he potentially wasn’t as great a coup as people believed it was.
This is what the fans that weren’t as pleased had to say:
ahh well this aint gonna work
— Rome (@Romevoice) January 31, 2018
Brazilian Theo Walcott
— Rnjn (@IAMRnjn) January 31, 2018
There’s a reason why PSG let him go for peanuts in today’s market.
— Lukas (@Iynxs) January 31, 2018
— Ryan Kirkpatrick (@RyanK1rkpatr1ck) January 31, 2018
Six months later, and Moura is winning over a lot of his early critics. Despite not having the most prominent role at the back end of the 2017/18 season, he has started this one with a bang. Three goals in four games, as well as Player of the Month nomination and a Man of the Match performance against Man United at Old Trafford, means the 26-year-old is becoming a key man under Mauricio Pochettino.
Fans are starting to realise what an asset the Brazilian may be for the club, and a praising the impact that he has had on the north London club so far this season. The £23m is starting to look like very good value for money.
This is what the fans have had to say:
WONDERFUL MOURA DESERVES MAN OF THE MATCH
— Enjoy your life (@english4alu) August 27, 2018
WHAT A PLAYER
— (@MauricioMagic) August 27, 2018
@AdHochuli look at this wonderful little man
— Ry Byrnes (@Ry4n_Byrnes) August 27, 2018
Well done Lucas. Amazing performance
— Paula (@PaulaL1882) August 27, 2018
thank you..thank you.. Lucas #COYS
— kev green (@kev_g1) August 27, 2018
Well done Lucas you lead from the front with Harry and the rest of the team played excellent football to give you the chances COYS
— Dave Williams (@Davethfcfan) August 27, 2018