Former BBC commentator Noel Whelan has claimed that Lucas Moura’s return from injury will be a huge boost for Tottenham and Antonio Conte.
The Lowdown: Moura’s return
The Brazilian has been out of action for Tottenham’s last two games after suffering a dead leg. This excluded him from the Lilywhites’ embarrassing 1-0 loss to Middlesbrough, which saw them knocked out of the FA Cup.
As quoted by football.london, Conte revealed that the winger was available for selection for last night’s hammering of Everton.
However, since his arrival at the club, Moura has been replaced by former Juventus man Dejan Kulusevski, who has scored twice and has produced three assists in six Premier League games.
The Latest: Whelan’s claim…
Despite this, Whelan, a regular on BBC Radio Leeds before taking up a role with Leeds United, was buzzing after hearing news of Moura’s return, claiming he can “win a game all by himself”.
Speaking with Football Insider, he claimed:
“I really admire Lucas Moura, I think he’s a brilliant player.
“He’s one of these players who can change a game, and on his day he is just as important as Son and Kane.
“He can win a game all by himself, and to have that option back in a squad which has really struggled for form and wins is massive.
“At this stage of the season, when you’re on this last leg – you need all these types of players available.
“To have him back will be such a welcome return for Conte because he’s experienced, he’s wise. It’s critical and he can be the difference.”
The Verdict: Not so sure…
Whilst Whelan seemingly appears to be buzzing with Moura’s availability, his return to the side should not make too big of difference to Conte. This is due to Kulusevski’s explosive start at the club, which has seen him earn an 8.5 and a 7.8 SofaScore rating for his last two league games respectively.
Whilst Moura has featured on 23 occasions for Spurs this season, he has only made one extra assist on top of Kulusevski’s tally, having scored the same number of goals.
Therefore, the Brazilian’s return may not appear as exciting for Conte as it did for Whelan.
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