Date: 14th August 2019 at 6:00pm
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Tottenham signed Lucas Moura in January 2018 as a winger – but in his first six months for the club, he struggled.

At the beginning of last season, as Tottenham travelled to Old Trafford, the 27-year-old was deployed as a forward alongside Harry Kane – as Mauricio Pochettino intended to use his pace and dribbling ability to cause havoc.

The tactical move by Pochettino turned out to be a masterstroke – as Moura bagged a brace in a 3-0 win for Spurs.

Since that game, Moura was used by Pochettino as a forward mainly – playing 28 games as a striker and only 17 as a winger.

He has proved to be very useful for Tottenham bagging a hat-trick against Huddersfield Town – and also on that magical Champions League night in Amsterdam.

Where the former PSG man produced a fantastic second-half display to drag Tottenham to the Champions League final – by scoring another hat-trick.

Now that Fernando Llorente has left, Tottenham do not have a backup striker – and Moura could fill this role perfectly.

This is because he has already proven for Spurs that he can play this role – and is very good at it.

However, the reason he is likely to be a backup is because Pochettino now has a wealth of attacking options in Heung Min Son, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Giovani Lo Celso, Ryan Sessegnon, and Erik Lamela.

So, a few players from this bunch could not be playing regularly – and Moura could be one of those, but if he was used as a backup striker, Tottenham should reap the rewards.

Kane is a world-class striker – but he cannot play every game for Spurs, and Moura could be the perfect foil, for when Kane is not available.

 

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