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Lucas Moura has blown chance to get back into Tottenham XI

Tottenham dazzler Lucas Moura was in stunning form in the early stages of the season and naturally has endured dips of inconsistency.

But the 26-year-old attacker has been presented with a major opportunity in recent weeks to break back into the starting XI on a permanent basis, with stars Dele Alli and Harry Kane both sidelined with injuries.

The Brazilian speed machine has blown those opportunities with abject performances against Watford and Newcastle, while he was left on the bench against Leicester City.

He also started the Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund in midweek and once again failed to score despite some glimpses of quality.

Moura’s confidence appears to be slightly low right now due to the fact goals have dried up for him and he looks a shadow of the player he was earlier in the season.

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Spurs paid £23million (BBC) to sign Moura from Paris Saint-Germain and that sort of valuation looks spot on right now.

The versatile attacker, who can play on the wing or more centrally, has the quality on his day to rip through defences.

But unfortunately he can’t do it consistently enough like some of his teammates and that is why he may be an impact player in the coming months.

Harry Kane could return for the next game against Burnley in the Premier League (Daily Mail) and Moura should reflect on a chance missed.

He’s still an important player within the squad and a sign of the strength at Pochettino’s disposal, but is just behind the top bracket.

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