Tottenham Hotspur defeated Roma 4-1 in the United States in the early hours of the morning, doing so without many of their World Cup stars. Fringe players seized their opportunity in the game, including the goalscorers. Fernando Llorente bagged two goals with Lucas Moura adding the other.
The Brazilian arrived at Spurs in January from Paris Saint-Germain. He cost around £23 million and struggled to find his feet in his first few months at Spurs. Which is understandable. He had barely played at PSG this season and it is always hard to break the rhythm of a new team.
But his performance v Roma highlighted just what a bargain he is, especially compared to some recent transfer dealings.
Everton, according to the BBC have just spent £35 million, rising to £50 million, on countryman Richarlison. The former Watford man is likely far behind Moura in the pecking order for the Brazilian national team.
Barcelona and Real Madrid both spent massive money on other Brazilian talents this summer. Malcom cost Barca £36.5 million whilst Vinicius Junior, who has never played in Europe, cost Real £40 million.
Sticking with the Brazilian theme, Tottenham’s rivals West Ham spent more on Felipe Anderson. He cost an initial £36 million, potentially rising to £41.5 million. Comparable talents, but Tottenham got the bargain price.
Perhaps the biggest indicator is Leicester City’s signing of James Maddison. The young Englishman has promise and Norwich City were said to let him go. But at £24 million he cost about the same as Moura, a Brazilian international with experience in the Champions League.
The more you look at it, the clearer it is that Moura is a bargain at £23 million.