Spurs finally take off in the FA Cup
Tottenham Hotspur fans have had to wait two weeks to be able to see Lucas Moura start in a Spurs shirt. The F.A. Cup clash with Rochdale rectified that, and many were happy with what they saw. In a frustrating Sunday evening for Spurs, Moura was the shining light in an otherwise dull event.
The Spurs debutant clearly wanted to prove his £25m price tag, and he did so in style by scoring a stunning goal that demonstrated the qualities of pace, vision and a coolness in front of goal. His goal displayed his inherent mentality to attack; a mentality that previous Spurs wingers – such as Clinton N’Jie and Georges-Kevin N’Koudou – have failed to exhibit. After offloading the ball in the middle of the field, Lucas picked it up again on the edge of the area. After a series of passes, Moura calmly lofted the ball over the charging Rochdale keeper to level the game for Spurs. Click play here to see the goal:
Individually, the Brazilian shines due to his versatility. After starting on the right side of the park, Lucas had floated in the centre for large proportions of the game, and similarly had spells on the left. He is comfortable on both feet, meaning that when his side were struggling to create momentum, Lucas had the capability to change it up and create opportunities from different areas of the pitch. Moura’s performance also highlighted the frustrations of Fernando Llorente. The Spanish striker has more experience than the most but still continues to underperform in front of goal, even when selected to play against teams of a lower calibre. Although Moura is a winger, he provided and capitalised on, opportunities that Llorente has struggled to finish.
Obviously, playing against a League One side is a completely different kettle of fish in comparison to the demands of the Premier League, but the early signs of a quality signing are there. Moura fell out of favour at PSG, despite scoring 18 goals for the French giants last season. The Brazilian midfielder left in pursuit of regular first-team football. Hopefully, after an initial settling in period, Spurs will be able to provide this for the dynamic young winger. Alongside in-form players Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son, Moura’s vision and pace on the wings could be exactly what Spurs are looking for.
We hope to see more from Moura
Moura expressed his elation with his performance to the club press after the game, and stated that,
“I’m so happy, my first game [start], my first goal – of course, I wanted to win”
🗣️ @LucasMoura7: “I’m happy – my first start, my first goal. Of course I wanted to win, but I’m happy with the goal. It was a very difficult game, they were very strong and now we need to prepare for the second game at Wembley.” pic.twitter.com/NVXfC5G7Vr
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 18, 2018
Spurs currently sit 5th in the Premier League table, a point behind London rivals Chelsea. Additionally, they have Juventus to host in the second leg of their champions league; a replay against Rochdale will probably be seen as a misuse of energy, as well as a missed opportunity for rest. However, football is an unpredictable game. Let’s hope we see more promising performances Lucas Moura – a welcomed talent in British football.