Tottenham Hotspur winger Lucas Moura was finally handed his first Premier League start on Tuesday night, after three long months of waiting.
However, the Brazilian failed to make an impact against Brighton, struggling to finish promising chances with a meaningful end product. Moura’s mediocre display suggests that the £23 million Spurs splashed out on him may be money poorly spent.
When Moura joined back in January, many pundits applauded the move and welcomed the addition of a wonderfully gifted and skilled player to north London. Nonetheless, among the accolades Moura received, there were also warnings of his inconsistency.
Although the winger had posted impressive numbers in Ligue 1 with Paris Saint Germain, scoring 46 and assisting 50 goals in 229 appearances, he also possessed a knack to float in and out of games.
In addition, Moura was not signed when he was on red-hot form. Conversely, the attacker had made just six substitute appearances for PSG in the entirety of the first half of the season.
Against Brighton on Tuesday night, Moura showed intermittent flashes of his brilliance, yet overall failed to make an impact on the match. The Brazilian was largely anonymous for large swathes of the match, with much of Spurs’ attack coming through Heung-min Son and Christian Eriksen.
When the winger did get involved, he wasted his best chance of the match- firing well past the post after creating space when cutting inside from the left wing.
Moura did little to convince Mauricio Pochettino to hand him another important start and was rightly hauled off after 74 minutes. The Brazilian winger must diligently work on his finishing in order to succeed at White Hart Lane.
If he fails to improve his end product, he could end up being remembered as merely a £23 million flop.