Tottenham Hotspur newbie Lucas Moura has been speaking to the press in France this week and highlighting his joy at making the move to North London. The 25-year-old signed for Tottenham in January for a fee reported by the BBC to be in the region of £25 million.
He spoke at length about his struggles at Paris Saint-Germain this week – where he was outcasted from the first-team. He described the interest from Tottenham, in an interview with France Info, as a ‘gift from heaven’:
“I spoke with the president, the coach, they told me about the project, the team, my importance.
“Tottenham was a gift from Heaven, I could not let it pass.”
So far the Brazilian talent has had to bide his time for minutes. Competition for his position at Tottenham is fierce. The three attacking midfielders behind Harry Kane tend to be Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Heung-min Son at present. Argentine playmaker Erik Lamela is also now fit and firing whilst Moussa Sissoko can play the same role.
Moura has therefore featured just twice in the Premier League, both times as a substitute. The Brazilian has however started two FA Cup ties, even scoring his first Tottenham goal v Rochdale. But, as Moura explained he is happy playing his role at present:
“I’m happy to be there. if I’m a substitute, I feel important and I come in.
“I work very hard all week to be ready when I am asked to play, I have confidence in myself, I know that I am capable.
“And I know they trust me, but the most important thing is that I’m happy, that the team is very strong, that there is strong competition, healthy, honest, with a good atmosphere in the group.”
Moura’s comments must please Tottenham fans. The Brazilian has been a popular addition for many Spurs fans who believe he has the ability and temperament to fit into the Tottenham team.
He certainly sounds like a team player, despite the rumbling rumours of his final weeks at PSG. Moura was always going to have to prove himself worthy of first-team action considering the faith Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino currently has in the players he has been working with.
Moura is still waiting to play a full 90 minutes for Spurs and that may also be some time away from now. The Brazilian spent most of the first half of this season watching from the sidelines so match fitness must be a concern.
But it sounds as though Moura is more than happy to bide his time at Tottenham for now. Managing to usurp the likes of Eriksen, Lamela, Son and Alli will be no easy feat for the Brazilian. Yet, with his strong mindset, it would not be a surprise to see Moura starting in the Premier League before the end of the current campaign.