Spurs became the first team since the introduction of the summer transfer window not to sign anyone in a given window, but it looked as if they’d made one in their first game on Saturday, when Lucas Moura was afforded a rare start under Mauricio Pochettino.
Eyebrows were raised when he was started ahead of Son Heung-min against Newcastle at St James’ park, but right from the off he looked like a player who had been integrated with the team, rather than the shadow of himself that resulted in him being frozen out of the Spurs XI last season, making just six league appearances.
And as I keep pointing out Lucas Moura is like a new signing because he never integrated last season. Spurs can win this title if everyone stays fit and motivated.
— Kartik Krishnaiyer (@kkfla737) August 11, 2018
The rapid initial pace of the game, with three goals in the first 18 minutes, seemed to suit the direct nature of the Brazilian, and allowed him to show his quality at times, as he was involved in the build-up to both Spurs goals as they went on to win 2-1.
He faded out of the game as it went on, which resulted in him receiving some criticism from the Spurs fans, but in a summer which saw no players come in, integrating players who didn’t play a major role in the previous season could be key – which is what Pochettino will be looking to do with Moura this season.
He divided opinion, but here’s what Spurs fans are saying about their new man’s – well, sort of – performance on his debut.
Bit harsh I think. He looked dangerous every time he was in/around the final third. First game cobwebs, once that final touch is sorted he will be decent. Son going away is his big chance, hopefully a few games in a row and we’ll start to see the best of him.
— Steve Harle (@steevi1da) August 12, 2018
He is quality and will show it if Poch perseveres. Difficult to criticise him for yesterdays performance with the Aurier and Sissoko combo.
— Beef Eater (@cowjoker) August 12, 2018
Just feel sometimes he tries too hard and should just slow down a tiny bit #COYS
— #SA24 (@AurierOlogy) August 12, 2018
Lucas Moura looks dangerous when he runs with the ball & Dele is on #COYS
— Zeus (@superspurs34) August 11, 2018