While other clubs spent heavily in the summer, Tottenham failed to bring in any new players over the summer and as it stands, it looks like the team is struggling.
As a result of a tough World Cup campaign, Harry Kane and Dele Alli seem nowhere near fit and it’s fallen to the likes of Eric Lamela, Son and Lucas Moura to pick up the slack instead. Moura especially has been in superb form this season and has arguably been the club’s best player.
The 26-year-old joined Spurs in January for an estimated £25 million deal after six years in France, where despite winning four league titles, the Brazilian never quite matched the hype that followed him when he left Sao Paulo. For the early part of his Tottenham career, it looked as though it would be much the same as he only made six appearances in the league and didn’t score a goal.
However, in what will be seen as excellent foresight, signing Moura wasn’t one for the backend of last year but for the beginning of this year and so far, his arrival has been a huge plus for Pochettino.
While Alli and Kane have struggled, Moura has been reborn and looks like the player PSG bought from Brazil. His speed and directness in attack have been a welcome plus for the side who have at times looked slow and ponderous. Indeed against, Manchester United, he probably had one of the best games in recent memory and basically tore Man U apart on his own.
Since then, Moura’s form has dropped off slightly, although Pochettino has at times played as a striker, just off Kane, as an attacking midfielder or on the wing. Having to play in multiple positions won’t help him continue his form, and Pochettino needs to play him in his best position, just off Kane but also able to drop into midfield.
Due to his performances, Moura was called into the squad following the withdrawal of Gremio forward, Everton. He will be hoping to make his first appearance for Brazil since the Copa America tournament in 2016 and in truth, with Tottenham he is crucial to their fate.
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