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Lucas Moura proves he isn’t good enough for Antonio Conte at Spurs

Lucas Moura once against proved he’s no longer good enough for Tottenham Hotspur as they succumbed to a fourth defeat in their last five Premier League outings on Wednesday night.

It was a bitterly disappointing outing for Antonio Conte’s men, who were a shadow of the side that defeated table-toppers Manchester City several days ago.

Burnley defender Ben Mee rose highest to head home Josh Brownhill’s 71st-minute free-kick as he scored the only goal of the game at Turf Moor.

After a tepid opening period that stretched well beyond the hour mark, the Italian head coach turned to the Brazilian winger in a bid to provide some sort of fresh impetus in the final third.

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The 28-year-old, who joined in a £25m deal from Paris Saint-Germain in January 2018 and is now valued at only £18m, has recently lost his place amongst the starting XI following the arrival of Dejan Kulusevksi on deadline day.

In less than a month, the Juventus loanee has already hinted that he’s going to be a far greater threat than Moura.

His goal and assist against City was a promising sign of what’s to come – managing a direct goal contribution once every 83 minutes in the top-flight is impressive and way beyond the levels the long-serving winger is currently achieving with one goal or assist every 250 minutes.

It was an eighth straight game without a goal for Moura, with there only being one assist in that same timeframe, as per Transfermarkt. Evidently. he has been lacklustre in attack and his 25 minutes on the pitch in Lancashire was yet another reminder that he’s just not the same player anymore.

As per SofaScore, the 5 foot 8 dynamo registered only nine touches – nearly one every three minutes. Even fellow substitute Steven Bergwijn managed to see the ball more (ten touches) in over half the time (11 minutes).

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Had Moura been on the pitch the whole game, at the aforementioned rate, he wouldn’t have even managed more touches than goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who totalled 40. He would have comfortably been the least involved of any Spurs player, thus proving his ineffectiveness these days.

From those few touches, he failed to create a single key chance, nor did he provide an accurate cross and he fired his one shot off target, via SofaScore.

As Spurs’ struggles continued up at Turf Moor so did Moura’s and that leaves his chances of earning a place back in the starting XI in grave danger, especially when Conte will be looking for players capable of making a game-changing impact.

Once again, the Brazilian failed to prove his worth to the Italian head coach.

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