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According to Italian media outlet CalcioMercato, Tottenham Hotspur want Ajax winger David Neres, and if the report proves to be accurate and they do get the 22-year-old, it would surely spell the end for Lucas Moura in north London.
Well, as ever it’s short and sweet from CalcioMercato, who says Spurs are keen on the wide man, who is under contract at the Amsterdam-based outfit until 2023.
According to Transfermarkt, the Brazil international has scored 31 goals and provided 33 assists in 113 first-team appearances, and was part of the side that reached the semi-finals of the Champions League last term – where they were of course knocked out by Mauricio Pochettino’s men.
He would clearly add something for Tottenham in the final third, but perhaps they have bigger issues to focus on at the back after following up conceding seven against Bayern Munich during the week by letting in three more against Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday.
Neres’ Brazil teammate surely would have thought he was in with a chance of starting at the Amex having been left on the substitutes’ bench against the Bundesliga giants, but he was once again left off of the team-sheet.
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Despite his heroics against Ajax in the semi-final second leg back in May – when he scored a hat-trick to take Spurs to a final against Liverpool – he has found starts hard to come by in 2019/20.
The 27-year-old hasn’t got the nod from the beginning in the Premier League since the defeat against Newcastle United back in August, and he’s played just 425 minutes in total two months into the campaign, according to Transfermarkt.
Lucas is clearly slightly out of favour under Pochettino right now, seeing as he can barely get any minutes under his belt even when they are really struggling.
Perhaps more to the point is the fact that Pochettino generally appears to have steered away from systems incorporating wingers in recent weeks, which suggests he isn’t happy with the options at his disposal.
You would expect that to change if CalcioMercato are right about him wanting Neres, who is an out-and-out wide man.