Ahead of the FA Cup semi-final on the weekend, Mauricio Pochettino has hinted in a press interview that Lucas Moura may be awarded his first Premier League start since his arrival in January. Lucas Moura is a big name. When the news of his transfer broke out fans were intrigued to see what difference the Brazilian international could bring to an already successful Spurs squad.
However, Mauricio Pochettino has been cautious with his initial integration into the first team, trying to mould his player philosophy into that of the entire squads. His individual abilities are beyond doubt, however, half of Tottenham Hotspur’s success is founded on how well the current squad gels together as a single unit. As a result, we have seen one or two FA Cup starts from Moura, as well as intermittent cameos in the Premier League.
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— Lucas Moura (@LucasMoura7) April 13, 2018
Even though Lucas hasn’t seen that much game time, he has most certainly made an impression on his fans. Moura was substituted on in the last quarter of the Manchester City clash on the weekend when Spurs were losing three goals to one. Although Moura couldn’t alter the score-line, he provided a spark of interest with his trickery and his attacking nature, whilst the rest of the squad seemed deflated. His appearance is also a sign that the manager has started trust him.
Discussing Spurs’ midweek fixture at Brighton & Hove Albion, Pochettino told the press that
“Maybe it will be his [Lucas Moura’s] opportunity to play a little bit more… There are a lot of games still to play. Of Course now maybe it’s a moment to rotate players that are tired”.
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— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) April 17, 2018
Lucas Moura will grow into one of Spurs’ attacking starters
With the FA Cup run still alive, Spurs do have quite a few games remaining in this season, and switch-outs at this stage in the campaign are necessary. But I would like to think that since January, Pochettino and Moura have forged a relationship of trust, and have impressed one another with signs of improvement and a noted investment into the Spurs team mentality. Working around the World Cup, Moura will have the chance to spend the summer training with Spurs, which will involve a team trip to the USA for their pre-season tour.
We have seen the desires of Moura to pursue a successful stint with Spurs, and he is working under a manager who takes time in ensuring that his players are fully ready for first-team football. The reason Moura hasn’t played all that much is not negligence; quite the contrary, its expert preparation. Hopefully, we will see the fruits of his development unfold tonight at the Amex Stadium. Following that, with a summer of team-bonding and an even greater focus on training, we may hopefully see Lucas taking a charging role in the Spurs attack week-in-week-out next season.