Lucas Moura has said the arrival of new signings at Tottenham this summer has been exciting – even if the singing skills of the new boys leaves a lot to be desired.

Spurs broke their transfer record to sign Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon last month on the same day Jack Clarke arrived from Leeds United, where the teenager has returned to on loan.

Fans were forced to wait until deadline day for further announcements, but more players did arrive. Ryan Sessegnon joined from Fulham while an initial loan deal was struck with Real Betis for Giovani Lo Celso – Tottenham have an obligation to buy the Argentinian next summer.

At most clubs during pre-season, new players are forced to sing as part of their initiation. And Lucas gave an honest appraisal of the singing ability of Ndombele and Lo Celso.

“We’ve enjoyed it a lot when new players come and we go to dinner in the hotel,” Lucas told the Guardian. “Tanguy [Ndombele] was very bad – very, very bad – and Lo Celso, as well. We will see about Ryan. He is injured. When he comes back, he will sing. It is very funny.”

The Brazilian went on to speak sincerely about his new teammates, insisting they have made Spurs stronger this season as the team aims to end their long wait for silverware.

He added: “When a new player comes, it is exciting for us and for the fans and we have got some very good players. We are stronger this season. The most important thing is that we had two transfer windows with no signings and we still did well; we played in the Champions League, finished top four. We got to build the new stadium. Perfect.

“It is not normal that a big club like Tottenham goes two windows with no new signings but we are proud because we were very, very good. When some players leave and we don’t buy anyone, it is very hard. We need to be proud of this.”

We think Lucas will start against Newcastle this afternoon, but Lo Celso will have to settle for a place on the bench while Ndombele has been ruled out with a thigh injury. Check out our full predicted XI here.

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