Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, former Tottenham captain Gary Mabbutt has praised Lucas Moura for grasping his opportunity in recent games.
Until coming back into the side to face West Brom last month, the Brazilian attacker had gone more than three months without a Premier League start – with Steven Bergwijn often preferred on the right-side of the front-three.
One of those assists allowed his international colleague, Carlos Vinicius, to tap home his first Premier League goal at Villa Park, much to the delight of Moura.
With Heung-Min Son currently out injured, and the likes of Bergwijn and Dele Alli struggling for chances, the former PSG man is performing well of late, and Mabbutt himself has been impressed.
He told Football FanCast: “I’ve always been impressed with Lucas. He’s never been a first-choice striker, but when you’ve got players like Kane and Son in the side it’s always a battle to get in there. Every time he’s been a given an opportunity, he’s grasped it.
“If you look at the Champions League run there’s performances there, and I thought the last 20 minutes against Arsenal he was outstanding. He took the game to Arsenal despite having a man less. I have always been very impressed.
“I’m sure he would like to be playing more and more. What we have at the club is competition for places. We have a squad of players where we could put out two first-teams.”