Lucas Moura is a popular figure at Tottenham that has star quality, with his heroics during last season’s run to the Champions League final a perfect example of that.
But the Brazilian attacker has had a rough season so far on an individual level and his team have too.
Spurs had played 17 matches across all competitions this campaign before Mauricio Pochettino’s dismissal as manager and during that time Moura had not started back-to-back games.
But the 27-year-old has played in consecutive games for the first time this season since the arrival of new boss.
The speed machine has started in both victories against West Ham and Olympiakos in the past week, which has given the side momentum going into a home fixture with Bournemouth on Saturday.
Moura has ended his unwanted run of no consecutive starts since Mourinho’s arrival and it looks like he could become an important player under him.
Despite playing in a central role at times under Pochettino, he’s been shifted back into his favoured position as a right-winger and that’s proved effective in the last two games.
He scored in the league against West Ham, as well as providing an assist in the Champions League group stages against Olympiakos.
There is a real platform for him to rediscover top form if he starts more regularly and constantly dropping down to the bench is likely to damage any player’s momentum.
Moura can inject real quality in the final third with his pace and dribbling, which is why left-backs should be fearful.
He’s managed three goals and two assists in 15 games across all competitions so far this season, but the best should be just around the corner for him.