He may have signed from Paris Saint-Germain in January but Lucas Moura has now showed what he has to offer Mauricio Pochettino with an outstanding performance against Fulham at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.
The Brazilian scored the opening goal with a fine, curling finish. Busting a gut to get to a loose ball on the edge of the box first, he showed incredible technique to curl his shot beyond Fabri in goal and leave the Fulham shotstopper with no chance.
It was Moura’s first Premier League goal, and a memorable one at that, but it would be naive to assume that it was Moura’s only contribution as he proved to be an asset to his team from start to finish with his energy, pressing and movement.
“Lucas was from day one with us when we started pre-season which is an advantage compared to the players that arrived late and today I think he was very good, he deserves a lot of praise. He scored but more importantly he worked very hard for the team without the ball and that is always important.”
Supporting Harry Kane in attack, only his new attacking partner completed more dribbles and he offered more too, winning the second highest number of attacking aerial duels and proving his ability to get stuck in.
What’s more, Moura’s work rate was clear as he won four of his six tackles, more than anyone else on the field of play at Wembley, and also made the second highest number of interceptions as he pressed high and applied the pressure on the Fulham defence.
For some time now, Pochettino has been searching for the right solution to support Kane in attack has struggled to find a satisfactory option. With Moura now finding form, he could have found the ideal candidate.