Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has lavished praise on Lucas Moura for a standout 2019/20 campaign in his eyes.
The Brazilian was rarely out of the first XI following the Portuguese tactician’s arrival in December, having struggled for starts for periods under Mauricio Pochettino.
The South American may not have had as many goal involvements as Harry Kane or Heung-min Son, but Mourinho is in absolutely no doubt about his contributions to the team.
Speaking to the club’s official website, he said of the 27-year-old: “He did everything for us during the season. He played in every position. He played as a striker when we had no strikers. He had no rest, he had to play every match in every competition.
“It’s really amazing and shows the team player that he is – a team player, a consistent player, a player who sacrifices himself for the needs of the team. We have more, and I’m a fortunate coach, but Lucas is a good example.”
£80,000-a-week star Moura (Spotrac) finished the 2019/20 season as Spurs’ lead appearance-maker with 47 out of a possible 52.
TBR’s View – Mourinho praise hardly a surprise
Such a glowing report from Mourinho shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise.
It was very evident how much he rated Moura from the off given how often he played compared to when Pochettino was in charge.
Comparisons can certainly be drawn to Chelsea’s Willian, another Brazilian winger who would be happy to make sacrifices for a Mourinho team.
One could argue that, after missing out on a start in the 2019 Champions League final against Liverpool, regular games now is the least Moura deserves.