Tottenham attacker Lucas Moura is someone that has been favoured since the arrival of Jose Mourinho, but the manager needs to stop shoehorning him into the starting XI every week.
The Brazilian has just one goal and one assist in his last 11 games across all competitions, with the goal he set up Steven Bergwijn’s debut strike in the 2-0 win over Manchester City at the weekend.
Moura has seen his individual form drop off considerably in the past couple of months and he doesn’t look the goal threat he is capable of being.
The 27-year-old right-winger is guilty of drifting in and out of games at present, something he was not doing when Mourinho first took the job over from Mauricio Pochettino back in November.
He is a versatile attacker that is a brilliant option to have in the squad and when he’s on form he walks into the team, which makes his £23million transfer (BBC) in January 2018 worth every penny.
But the South American star isn’t reaching the standard capable and there are teammates who perhaps deserve a chance above him now.
Mourinho is trying to manage without injured centre-forward Harry Kane at present and that’s seen Moura become a regular in the side.
He’s been deployed as both a centre-forward and a winger, with perhaps his change in roles disrupting his momentum a little.
There is now serious competition in wide areas emerging at the club with the likes of Bergwijn, Heung-Min Son, Erik Lamela and Ryan Sessegnon.
Moura can still have a big role to play in the future of Mourinho’s Spurs side, but he needs to be put in the team in his best wide role on the right when he’s on form and it may be time just to pull him out of the firing line for a couple of games to help click the restart button.