It’s time for Tottenham Hotspur to move Lucas Moura on during this transfer window.
The Brazilian winger was an absolute hero only 18 months ago as his dramatic come-from-behind hat-trick in Amsterdam fired Spurs into their first-ever Champions League final, but ever since then, things have quickly gone downhill for the former PSG star.
It says a lot that his only defining moment this season has been a sublime free-kick against eighth-tier Marine in the FA Cup. On Sunday afternoon, he was snubbed again despite all of Steven Bergwijn’s fitness concerns.
The 28-year-old has now only started four of Spurs’ 18 outings in the Premier League, a rather damning indictment towards Jose Mourinho’s feelings on the wide man, you’d imagine.
It’s easy to see why he’s been snubbed so many times – heck, even in midweek without Bergwijn, the Portuguese boss turned to Moussa Sissoko at right-wing instead.
That’s either blasphemy or simply proves that Moura is no longer up to it in north London.
Moura has scored only one goal in the Premier League since December 2019. By comparison, central defender Toby Alderweireld and even right-back Serge Aurier have both found the triple the number of times in the competition.
In addition, his attacking output has dropped immensely – per WhoScored, we’ve seen a regression in dribbles, a key facet of any winger, from 2.1 per game in 2019/20 to 0.4 per match this campaign.
No wonder Mourinho doesn’t start him anymore.
Maybe it comes as a surprise seeing as Moura’s teammate, Eric Dier, waxed lyrical over him in training to the Premier League’s official YouTube channel less than two months ago, he said:
“There’s no-one worse to train against than Lucas Moura. He’s a nightmare. He’s so fast, so sharp.”
Now valued at just £22.5m by Transfermarkt, it might be time to finally sell him as there’s no point having him around if he can’t start against rock-bottom Sheffield United.
According to Eurosport’s Dean Jones, Moura is one of several players the club will listen to offers for, should the right one come in for him this window.
That’s a good stance to take right now as getting his reported £110k-per-week salary off the wage bill could help fund a new signing – it’s well-known that Mourinho wants a new central defender and quite possibly a box-to-box midfielder too.
He can afford to offload Moura too as Bergwijn is the regular in the role, having started eight of 12 top-flight appearances, and there’s still Gareth Bale, who is yet to hit the ground running since his sensational return in the summer.
It’s simply time for Spurs chairman Daniel Levy to offload the £25m star after three years at the club.
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