Lucas Moura was Tottenham’s brightest attacker against PSV on Tuesday night, especially in the first half, and when we pointed that out, a comment on the article made an interesting comparison.
One Spurs fan compared the pacy Brazilian to David Ginola, the French wing wizard who wowed the club’s fans between 1997 and 2000.
He was so good that he even won the PFA Player of the Year award in the 1998/99 season, in which Manchester United’s famous treble-winning side was packed with outstanding performers.
The more you think about the comparison between the two players, the more it makes sense.
Lucas is not a carbon copy of the Frenchman, but he has that same ability to beat a man that Ginola had. On Tuesday night, while Spurs’ other forwards were shackled by PSV’s tight marking, Lucas was able to wriggle free, beat and man and make something happen.
He was nominally playing from the right but roamed into areas where he could collect the ball and run with it, in much the same way Ginola did.
That fleet of foot and ability to go both ways is something this Spurs side didn’t really have before January, and some may say, something they haven’t had since Ginola left north London.