Tottenham player who’s called Nuno ‘very clever’ can be his next Diogo Jota - TBR View
Lucas Moura is one Tottenham player that has impressed so far in pre-season under new manager Nuno Espirito Santo, so can he play a key role for him in the upcoming campaign?
Portuguese boss Nuno is definitely still coming to terms with his new surroundings in north London and it’s a big change after a four-year spell managing at previous club Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Moura, 28, looks like he’s ready to seize a chance under a new man in charge. He’s scored two goals and made two assists in just 120 minutes so far in summer friendlies.
The Brazilian attacker, who’s been with Spurs since 2018, has shown the obvious talent he’s got. However, his form has been inconsistent under the two previous full-time managers at the club.
It feels like 32 goals in 157 Spurs appearances is a record that should be a tad higher. There is certainly still time for him to get better because as a 28-year-old he should be entering his peak. It’s started well in the opening weeks under Nuno, who’s a manager that he’s recently called “very clever”.
Can Lucas Moura be the next Diogo Jota in Nuno system?
Nuno’s career at Wolves is epitomised by a handful players, including the likes of Conor Coady, Ruben Neves and Raul Jimenez. However, Liverpool’s Diogo Jota was part of the successful group for three of the four years before his transfer to Anfield last summer.
The 24-year-old Portuguese attacker was pivotal to Nuno’s success, something that perhaps Moura can emulate given their similarities.
First of all, Jota netted 44 goals in 131 games at Molineux. It’s worth noting the opening season was one that helped achieve promotion from the Championship. Secondly, he showed his versatility to switch between two main positions. He can be extremely effective as a left-winger, as well as in a central forward role. Finally, his energy, work rate and attitude kept him in Nuno’s XI the majority of the time.
Moura ticks so many boxes that are the same as Jota.
Similarly, his game is based around superb stamina and directness when it comes to the final third. He can be effective on the counter attacker and be that player that buzzes around in the final third causing havoc.
It’s going to be interesting to see if Moura can carry this momentum to try prove he can be a goal threat in a new-look Spurs under Nuno.