It has been a contrasting 18 months for Tottenham Hotspur winger Lucas Moura.
His 96th-minute, and third, goal against Ajax at the Johann Cruyff Arena sent the north London outfit into the Champions League final for the first time in their history.
But things have not gone to plan for the Brazilian since, even despite a fresh contract extension in the summer.
Moura has signed until at least 2024, though chairman Daniel Levy ought to consider cashing in on him in the near future.
On Thursday night during Spurs’ 3-3 thriller against LASK Linz in the Europa League, he was found wanting again as he rated out as one of their worst performers. It was so poor that Mourinho hooked him well before the end of the match.
Indeed, the 27-year-old made fewer passes than stand-in goalkeeper Joe Hart, on top of winning just 36% of his duels – it’s not as if the Austrian Bundesliga outfit are any true match for a team like Spurs, so it was a shocking night for Moura.
And that’s been an all too familiar story in the Premier League since last year.
To reiterate, in nearly one whole year – or 29 appearances – the €40m-rated (£36m) ace has scored just once.
Moura has, however, delivered in the Europa League with four goals and two assists, but these are all against sides that are barely a match for a top-flight English team.
His teammate Eric Dier recently claimed Moura was a “nightmare” and that there was “no one worse” to play against in training whilst James Dickens of the Last Word on Spurs podcast (via This Is Futbol) believes the wind man is “generally poor.”
Considering he’s earning a whopping £110k-per-week in N17, he must be doing better in Spurs’ bread and butter. In fact, he’s unlikely to break into the starting XI with them sat top of the table with the likes of Heung-min Son, Gareth Bale and Steven Bergwijn breathing down his neck.
The former PSG man is even earning more than Dier (£85k-p/w), Moussa Sissoko (£90k-p/w) and skipper Hugo Lloris (£100k-p/w).
That is simply robbing Levy blind right now, so it may be wise to cash in whilst they still can.
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