Lucas Moura As Good As A New Signing For Tottenham Hotspur

Much was made of Tottenham Hotspur’s lack of summer signings, they became the first club in the English Premier League not to sign a player during the history of the summer transfer window.

Yet Mauricio Pochettino’s side have managed to win all of their opening three games in the campaign, including an impressive 3-0 win away against Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United tonight.

One of Spurs’ star men at the beginning of this term has been Lucas Moura.

The Brazilian attacker joined the North London club during the last winter transfer window and it’s fair to say that he took a bit of time to settle in to his new life in England’s top flight.

But after a summer off, Moura had a fine preseason and has managed to take that form into the league campaign.

With Son Heung-Min playing in the Asian Games with South Korea and Erik Lamela once again suffering with injury issues, Tottenham Hotspur have needed twenty-six year old Lucas to make a step up and start influencing games and he’s done that thus far.

At Old Trafford, Lucas Moura gave the United defence a torrid time. His pace clearly frightened Man United’s backline and his dribbling invited challenges and they were often missed.

He should’ve had a penalty in the first-half as he dribbled the ball beyond Phil Jones, who then clumsily brought the wide-man down but the referee failed to spot the foul.

In the second half, the former PSG man playing as a second striker to Harry Kane, managed to grab a brace to put Man Utd to the sword. His first coming with a calm finish after a nice cutback from Christian Eriksen. The forward’s second came as the final minutes approached, his pace and skill took him away from Man United’s last man Chris Smalling and then Lucas kept his composure to steer his right footed shot into the far side of the net and away from the diving David De Gea.

United simply couldn’t handle Moura. The Brazilian international was a difference maker in a big game and he deservedly won the man of the match award.

We always knew he had that potential but he’s now showing it for The Lilywhites and he seems to be doing it consistently this term too. That’s the effect Pochettino has on players.

Those strikes tonight have taken his goal tally to three for the season, after he scored last weekend in the win over Fulham.

The former Man United transfer target also played the full ninety minutes in the last two games, withstanding heavy tackles and running his socks off. Like every other Spurs star, Moura has the right work ethic. He also offers something else with his electric pace along with his close ball control.

Lucas Moura has had a terrific start to the new season and if he can continue that, then Tottenham will once again finish in the top four and no one will complain about the lack of summer signings!

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