Tottenham Hotspur have no plans to sell winger Lucas Moura in the summer, despite the arrival and instant impact of Dejan Kulusevski.
The Lowdown: Moura struggling for starts
Whilst the 29-year-old has featured 17 times for Antonio Conte, just nine of these appearances came in the starting XI. More recently, the Brazilian has been utilised as an impact player off the bench, sometimes receiving a token ten minutes towards the end of games.
His recent omission from the starting XI comes as a consequence of Kulusevski’s arrival. Since arriving in N17 at the end of January, the 21-year-old has made a remarkable start to life with Tottenham. After featuring as a substitute in his first two Premier League games, the former Juventus man has since started every league fixture, duly relegating Moura to bench.
The Latest: Moura’s future at Tottenham
According to a fresh report from Football Insider, Tottenham have no plans to offload the 29-year-old in the summer, despite the instant impact made by Kulusevski.
It is reported that the Lilywhites regard the former Brazil international as a key member of their squad, so they want to hold onto him beyond the summer.
Conte is said to be an admirer of Moura, with the Italian been impressed with the forward’s match-winning qualities.
The Verdict: Squad depth needed
If Spurs are to sustain a push for top four and a strong run in European competition next term, squad depth will surely play a pivotal part in the journey.
Moura has previously demonstrated his ability to come good on the big occasion, having played a crucial role in Tottenham’s fantastic run to the Champions League final in 2018/19, when he netted a sensational hat-trick in the dramatic semi-final against Ajax.
As a substitute, the 29-year-old’s electric pace often proves too much for tired defenders, although it is often other areas of his game which go unnoticed. Indeed, Spurs legend Ledley King has hailed him as “one of the best little men … in the air” due to his “unbelievable spring”.
Therefore, if Conte needs an alternative to Kulusevski’s direct play, Moura could be the one to provide just that, so it’s little wonder that the club want to keep him around.
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