Tottenham Hotspur became the first Premier League club to make no signings at all since the summer transfer window was introduced. Widespread criticism followed, not least from a section of their own fans but early season results seem to have justified their approach.
A superb 3-0 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford continued the club’s perfect start to the campaign and the player who was instrumental in that win couldn’t even get into the starting line up last season.
Lucas Moura arrived at Tottenham from Paris St-Germain in the winter transfer window of 2018 and the Brazilian came with a reputation as a skilful winger with a keen eye for goal. Across five years in France, the player returned 34 goals in 153 league matches and that’s a healthy return for anyone contributing from midfield.
After first three games of the 2018/19 Premier League season, Spurs returned a perfect record of three straight victories. Mauricio Pochettino’s men sat in second place in thetable, behind Liverpool on goal difference, but were available at a relatively distant 10/1 in bet365’s Premier League betting markets to win their first top-flight title since 1961.
That figure made Tottenham third-favourites behind Liverpool and Manchester City but if Lucas Moura can maintain his early-season form, the North London unit may just prove to be a very wise bet.
Moura played just 11 games from January 2018 through to the end of the season. He became accustomed to sitting on the subs’ bench for Premier League matches while enjoying rare starts as Tottenham progressed through the early rounds of the FA Cup.
Some Spurs fans began to question his signing but the midfielder showed his potential during the final game of the season as he laid on two assists during his side’s 5-4 win over Leicester City.
At the start of 2018/19, largely due to the absence of Son Heung-Min, who was away with the South Korean national squad, Moura was given his chance in the starting XI and with three goals in three games, he’s going to be hard to shift. Two of those strikes came in the memorable 3-0 win away to Manchester United and in the course of those matches, the 26-year-old has displayed blistering pace and the ability to find the target with both feet.
Spurs suffered a minor setback ahead of the win at Old Trafford when Erik Lamela was injured in the warm up but the Argentinian will soon be pressing for a starting place along with Harry Winks who is also returning to full fitness.
In defence, Pochettino can select a back three or, as he did against United, pair experienced international team-mates Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen. On the flanks, there is competition in both full back positions and behind that defence sits France’s World Cup 2018 winning captain Hugo Lloris.
With Harry Kane breaking his August hoodoo, Spurs are answering those who criticised their summer transfer policy but the real star in the opening exchanges has been Lucas Moura who is looking to prove the theory that Tottenham need no reinforcements.