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Spurs star Lucas’ deficiencies on show against Burnley

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Tottenham Hotspur winger Lucas Moura’s deficiencies were on show once again despite their 5-0 win over Burnley at the weekend.

On the chalkboard

Spurs ran riot against Sean Dyche’s men and the Brazilian was even on the scoresheet, netting the second goal of the game.

However, per WhoScored, he endured a quiet performance other than his goal.

He had 41 touches of the ball, the lowest number of any Spurs player to start the game, had just one shot on goal and completed a mere 15 passes.

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While one of those was a key pass, Lucas completed three dribbles, was dribbled past once and was also dispossessed once.

Playing alongside Dele Alli, who provided two assists, Son Heung-min, who scored a Goal of the Season contender that included a dazzling run from the edge of his own box, and Harry Kane, who netted a brace, Lucas stuck out as the weak link of the attacking quartet.

Master of none

Lucas doesn’t seem to really have one standout skill.

He can dribble the ball but he is often dispossessed, he can provide key passes but his passing accuracy isn’t fantastic, he can score goals but he can also struggle to find opportunities to shoot.

This season, in 14 league appearances, he has scored three goals and provided just one assist.

Those numbers lag behind Kane, Son, and Alli – the latter of whom has scored as many goals as the Brazilian in his last three games.

Should Lucas Moura start regularly for Spurs?

Absolutely!

Absolutely!

No way!

No way!

And against Burnley, his deficiencies were again on show as he struggled to really impact the game in the final third, bar that goal, in which he stabbed home after a fortuitous rebound.

If this form carries on, manager Jose Mourinho will have to make a decision on the 27-year-old and he could well end up being dropped.

Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho should consider signing three players if Christian Eriksen leaves. 

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