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Moura can be the 'new signing' Tottenham fans wanted

 • by Simon Mail
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It has been a waiting game for Lucas Moura following his January move from Paris Saint-Germain to Tottenham Hotspur.

The 26-year-old Brazilian has had to be patient for his chance to impress for the North London club but could be ready to seize his opportunity this season.

Moura has started both of Tottenham’s first two games this season which suggests he is much closer to holding down a regular place in the side. He capped their home victory over Fulham with a fine curling shot – his first league goal for the club.

This is significant progress for a player that was limited to just six appearances in the competition after joining midway through last season.

There is no doubt Moura’s initial experience of playing in such a physical competition will have been a major learning curve.

But now he has half a season in England under his belt, the winger will be relishing the opportunity to play regularly for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

What will Moura offer Tottenham?

Moura’s dribbling ability is one of his main attributes and the winger managed an impressive 3.02 successful take-ons per 90 minutes last season for Tottenham.

He also has an eye for a pass and produced 2.16 open play key passes per 90. Moura’s vision could also assist his teammates with the Brazilian offering another creative outlet.

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During the 2016-17 season, Moura scored 12 times in Ligue 1 for PSG so the attacker is clearly capable of offering a goal threat.

His classy finish against Fulham demonstrated his confidence in front of goal and a sustained run in the side should enable him to chip in on the scoring front to reduce the team’s over-reliance on Harry Kane‘s goals.

While Moura is not a striker, he is versatile and play out wide or just behind the striker.

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With 158 minutes under his belt already this season, Moura has featured almost as much as he managed in the second half of the last league campaign.

He appears to have gained a lot of confidence, which has been aided by the faith shown in him by Pochettino and, in all probability, by having the time to acclimatise to the rigours of English top-flight football.

Moura must make the most of opportunity

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The fact Tottenham opted to stick with the squad they had, by not signing anyone in the summer transfer window, was a significant show of faith in the players already at the club.

It is also a boost for Moura and suggests he remains very much in Pochettino’s plans despite being eased into Premier League life last season. The Argentine’s first XI virtually picks itself and Moura is not the first new acquisition who struggled to break into the side initially.

The Brazilian has also benefited from a full pre-season with Spurs, without the fatigue of featuring at the World Cup in Russia, to hit the ground running.

Pochettino has seen as much by opting to start him in both games and the likelihood is he will keep his place, especially after his goal-scoring contribution at Wembley.

Moura is in the team to offer an attacking threat but his work ethic, from a defensive stand point, will also endear him to the coach and fans. He has made 2.84 tackles per 90 this season and 1.7 interceptions per 90.

It’s a small sample size, of course, but those are impressive numbers for a winger – a position where guile and technique infrequently meet work-rate and defensive nous.

The signs are positive and it is up to the attacker to now make it difficult for Pochettino to leave him out.

Tottenham’s fans were frustrated by the lack of transfer activity during the summer but if Moura can continue to make an impact for the team he will feel like the new addition they were crying out for.

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