Danny Murphy praised Tottenham attacker Lucas Moura after his performance against Brighton and believes he was “infectious” to his teammates with his work-rate.
Spurs came from behind to record a 2-1 victory in the Premier League at home on Boxing Day, which means they are now just three points adrift of the top four positions.
Harry Kane and Dele Alli both scored in the second-half to cancel out a first-team opener from Adam Webster for visitors Brighton.
Jose Mourinho’s team bounced back from the Chelsea defeat with a result against Brighton and now travel to Carrow Road to face Norwich City on Saturday evening.
BBC pundit Murphy credited Moura for his relentless energy in the second-half and feels he was a serious driving force.
The Brazilian winger was on the pitch for the Spurs turnaround and was substituted off after running himself into the ground.
“He gave a tenacity and a hunger to the Spurs side in the second-half that we did not see in the first-half. It’s not always about playing brilliantly and everything coming off, it’s about trying, doing the hard yards,” Murphy told Match of the Day.
“Lucas Moura did not stop in the second-half trying to do the right things, trying to move his team forward. It was infectious to the other players and it’s not something we associate with him. Someone has to do this kind of work sometimes when the crowd is a bit flat. He was the main reason why Spurs got back in the game.”
Moura has enjoyed life under manager Mourinho so far and it looks like he will continue to be an important player moving forward.
The attacker was unable to get on the scoresheet against Brighton, but he helped set the tone for his team when they were behind and struggling.
He’s shown on numerous occasions that he’s a big-game player for Spurs and aged 27 he should be entering his peak years.