Tottenham Hotspur attacker Lucas Moura has taken some time to announce his arrival in English football but Spurs’ 3-0 thrashing of Manchester United at Old Trafford on Monday night might just prove to be a defining moment in the Brazilian’s career.
The 26-year-old showed the Spurs faithful exactly what he is capable of with a well-taken brace and the club’s supporters will hope for more of the same now that Moura has his feet firmly under the table in North London.
The effervescent Harry Kane had put Spurs into a second-half lead at the Theatre of Dreams and just 133 seconds later there was more pandemonium among the visiting supporters, when Moura fired past David de Gea to double the advantage.
The ex-Paris Saint-Germain player capped off his best night yet in English football by wrapping up Spurs’ first success at Manchester United for 25 years, with another tidy finish, leaving the travelling army of supporters in dreamland.
Spurs didn’t land any new recruits during the summer but if Moura keeps showing the sort of form which he did on Monday night, his presence in Mauricio Pochettino’s team will make him seem like a new signing.
Moura perhaps wasn’t the fittest he has ever been when he arrived at Spurs in January, but after working tirelessly in the summer to be up to the rigorous demands of the Premier League, he is now clearly reaping the rewards on the pitch.
Moura is a quality asset to Pochettino’s squad, not least as he possesses the ability to play in any attacking position, whilst his knack of popping up in the right areas to get on the end of crosses is also a decent string to Spurs’ bow.
The challenge for the Spurs manager now is to ensure that this Moura masterclass is just the beginning and he will strive to ensure that Moura can produce such performances on a consistent basis.