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Tottenham axe must have been a kick in the teeth to attacker Lucas Moura

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Tottenham axe must have been a kick in the teeth to attacker Lucas Moura

Tottenham played their first official game in their new stadium on Wednesday night and recorded a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace, with Heung-Min Son and Christian Eriksen the first goalscorers.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino named a historic starting XI that will forever be in the archives and one player may consider it harsh to be left out.

Lucas Moura had to make do with a spot on the bench for Spurs and was given a late cameo appearance.

The 25-year-old dazzled at the weekend in the 2-1 defeat to Liverpool and it was surely a kick in the teeth to be dropped after his performance.

He scored at Anfield from close-range with a powerful drive and was a serious threat in attack with his energy and movement.

(Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Spurs signed Moura for £23million (BBC) in January 2018 from Paris Saint-Germain and he’s gone through some patchy spells of form in England.

 

At times he’s looked a world-beater for the North London club and been a serious goal threat, but at others times he’s been on the fringes struggling.

The centre-forward, who can also be used on the right wing, has scored nine goals in 38 games across all competitions.

He’s got the quality to terrorise defences when he’s on form with his lightning quick pace and he could do with a purple patch in the side to help them get over the line in the top four race.

It must have stung Moura to be omitted from the huge Crystal Palace fixture, but Pochettino is recognised as a good man-manager and it will be interesting to see if he can get the best out of him in the remaining games this season.

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