Tottenham Hotspur will feel they pulled off one of Deadline Day’s shrewdest swoops in the form of a £23million deal for Lucas Mora. The Brazil international netted 19 times last season and only found first-team opportunities hard to come by during his last six months at PSG because of the arrivals of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
Furthermore, he provides Tottenham with a new sense of width and pace in attack, something they’ve often lacked under Mauricio Pochettino. But there is one prevailing conundrum for Tottenham – how can they actually make room for Moura in the starting XI?
Football FanCast take a look at four potential solutions and then give you the power to decide…
Eriksen is Tottenham’s chief playmaker and the man who pulls the strings in central midfield. But he does have a knack of drifting in and out of games and failing to provide match-winning quality just when Spurs need him to most, despite undoubtedly possessing the talent to do so.
He’s the least mobile and least aggressive of Tottenham’s attacking midfield three, so swapping him for Moura would have the least impact on Pochettino’s high-pressing game. That being said, we are talking about a midfielder who creates the most chances per match – 2.5 – of any player to have featured for Tottenham in the Premier League this season.
Last season, Dele Alli was the jewel in Tottenham’s crown, a talent widely tipped to eventually succeed Harry Kane in terms of both demand and ability. But the England international’s overall form has dropped this season and there’s a collective feeling that his progress has stalled somewhat with complacency setting in – perhaps because Alli – who Transfermarkt value at £72million – has decided his long-term future lays elsewhere.
But even when he’s not firing on all cylinders, Alli’s an important player for Spurs. He occupies defenders, he makes space for Kane, he brings the ball down in dangerous areas and he presses aggressively when out of possession. On the other hand, if Alli is off elsewhere this summer, it makes sense to bring Moura into the team at his expense now.
Heung-min Son has arguably been Tottenham’s Player of the Season so far, but he’s still probably the most expendable member of the Lilywhites’ attacking cast – partly a victim of his own versatility, and partly overshadowed by Alli and Eriksen in terms of reputation. Axing him to make room for Moura would probably lead to the least criticism, but that doesn’t mean it would be the right choice on Pochettino’s part. Son has bagged eight goals and four assists from just 18 Premier League starts this term and seems to be only getting better by the game.
We’ve already seen Eriksen line up in a deeper central midfield capacity this season and many believe that’s where Alli will end up being fielded more often than not come the end of his career. That would allow Tottenham to play Son on the left and Moura on the right, which would render them with rather phenomenal creativity and goal threat in the middle and final thirds.
However, that would disrupt the balance of Tottenham’s team, with the two holding midfielders Pochettino usually elects being reduced to one, which could cost them dearly against certain opponents with quality on the counter-attack.
So, Tottenham fans, how would you solve this Moura conundrum? Let us know by voting below…