Tottenham Hotspur are back in the top four of the Premier League following a 4-0 win over basement boys Huddersfield Town.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men completed the rout despite missing key men Harry Kane and Dele Alli who are both injured.
It is the second time that Spurs have found themselves without Kane and Alli this season. Earlier in the campaign, the pair were injured at the same time and Son Heung-min shone in their absence.
Yesterday it was the turn of Lucas Moura to offer Pochettino a timely reminder of the quality he possesses.
A stunning hat-trick by the Brazilian was his 12th of the season in all competitions. The 26-year-old was utilised in attack with Fernando Llorente and he didn’t disappoint.
Moura’s form is typically good; although consistency has been a cause for concern this season.
Kane’s absence should allow a regular run of games in the team for the £80k-a-week player (Spotrac) and he will hope to take on the goalscoring mantle.
A timely hat-trick will have done the world of good for his confidence. Spurs supporters will now hope that he can continue with a rich vein of form.
Scoring three times against an already relegated Huddersfield is one thing but it is now about doing it on a frequent basis.
A stunning performance earlier in the campaign against Manchester United is proof that he can do it against the better sides.
With Kane and Alli missing it was vital that someone stood up to be counted for Spurs. Yesterday it was Moura and there is now genuine optimism that he can take on the goalscoring mantle between now and the end of the season.