Lucas Moura came on in the 73rd minute of Tottenham’s 3-0 defeat at Brighton on Saturday and was by far the visitors’ most effective attacking player.
That says a lot about Spurs’ performance. Mauricio Pochettino’s men were looking to bounce back from Tuesday’s Champions League humiliation against Bayern Munich but ended up recording yet another embarrassing defeat.
Brighton goalkeeper Matt Ryan wasn’t tested until Lucas Moura’s introduction. The Brazilian forced Ryan into two impressive saves, one from close range and one from distance. Lucas will certainly be hoping to for a start in the next match after outshining Heung-min Son and Harry Kane.
Earlier in the week, Brazil legend Rivaldo expressed sympathy for his countryman’s current lack of game time, especially after his Champions League hat-trick against Ajax last season.
“Lucas Moura is losing importance in the Spurs team once again and I think he is behaving as a real professional, holding on and working normally,” Rivaldo told Betfair (via Football London).
“Perhaps if it was another player, we could have a different story, with the player complaining about the manager, after all he did for the team last season.”
Pochettino’s decision to leave Lucas on the bench against Brighton – and Lucas’ subsequent impressive cameo – may well have proved Rivaldo correct. Perhaps Lucas should be starting more often.
That said, the 27-year-old hasn’t always stood out when starting, plus he has scored just two goals in nine appearances so far this season.
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