Tottenham Hotspur supporters would have been confused when the club brought in Lucas Moura from Paris Saint-Germain during the January transfer window, before the Brazilian struggled for game time behind the likes of Son Heung-Min and Erik Lamela in the starting XI.
However, in the absence of the former and with the latter’s injury problems refusing to go away, the 26-year-old is finally getting the chance to show the quality he has got – three goals in his previous two Premier League appearances including an Old Trafford brace – perhaps begging the question why he wasn’t involved as much in the second-half of the 2017/18 campaign.
With Son’s form dropping off and Lamela not always doing the business, the general consensus is that Lucas should have got more minutes under Pochettino than he did, but perhaps the Argentine manager actually pulled off something of a masterstroke.
Knowing that the title was gone and Champions League football looked likely, the former Southampton boss gave his Brazilian winger the time he needed to adapt to life in a new league and country, and now he appears to be reaping the dividends following an outstanding display against a strong Manchester United side – albeit one that is suffering at the back right now.
The north London outfit may well have got another bargain considering they paid just £23m – not bad in this day and age – for the speedy attacker, and how Pochettino has dealt with the Brazilian is just another example of how good a manager he is, both in terms of his tactical thinking and his man-management.
It is just another signal to Daniel Levy what a special talent he and Tottenham have on their hands right now, and while a five-year contract was signed by the Argentine boss not too long ago, the Spurs chairman now needs to ensure that he meets his demands in the transfer market going forward to avoid making his biggest mistake of his entire reign.