Tottenham star Lucas Moura has said he must take his opportunity to break into Mauricio Pochettino’s preferred line-up while Heung-Min Son is away on international duty.
Son is currently with South Korea at the Asian Games where, on Monday, he scored a brilliant volley against Kyrgyzstan to seal his country’s place in the Round of 16.
With Son set to be away for the next few matches, Pochettino has started Moura in each of Spurs’ first two Premier League games after a promising pre-season campaign from the Brazilian.
Moura repaid the faith Pochettino has put in him by opening the scoring in Saturday’s 3-1 victory over Fulham at Wembley.
And the 26-year-old knows he must continue performing at the same level if he is to keep his place in the side once Son returns.
“I have to take advantage of the opportunities that show up,” Moura told ESPN Brasil (via Sport Witness). “It’s my first season from the start here with Tottenham. I tried to work hard and strong in the pre-season to get started.
“And the opportunities are there. I have to take it, it’s a big one I’m having. I will work hard, I will do my utmost to be able to help the team, to gain my spot in the team.”
Moura’s goal against Fulham was of he highest quality, a curling effort just before half-time that gave goalkeeper Fabri no chance.
The winger should have already scored twice before he eventually found the net. Hopefully more minutes on the pitch will bring more consistency in front of goal.