Even though Lucas Moura is one of the more glamorous signings at Tottenham ever since Mauricio Pochettino took over, the boss has come out and stated that our new star will have to fight for a place in the starting XI.
Moura did join us from PSG for a fee of £23million as his playing time had greatly reduced at the French club. With the World Cup on the horizon, a quality finish to the season could see the 25-year-old get a slot in the Brazilian side but Pochettino wants Moura to be prepared for a battle.
The Argentine was quoted by Daily Mail as saying:
“For him he’s not going to come here, arrive and say, ‘Oh because he is Lucas Moura and came from Paris St Germain, he’s going to play because he is Lucas Moura’.
“He needs to show that he is better than our players. That is the fair competition. If you are in Paris St Germain and Neymar arrives, if he is better than you then he plays. It’s fair, he’s better.”
The boss also went on to say that Moura will have to compete with our other stars.
“If not, then they need to compete. Lucas Moura must compete with Lamela, with Sonny, with Eriksen.”
The aim of this season has to be a trophy and a top four finish. While we are still in the FA Cup and the Champions League, we sit two points behind Liverpool in the race for the top four and a win against our rivals at Anfield would be the perfect way to ensure a Champions League finish this season.
We did maul the Reds in the reverse fixture early on in the season and with Harry Kane firing on all cylinders we should have the edge over the Merseyside club. Moura would not be a part of the game since his move was done in the last few days. He still needs time to get accustomed to the way we play and how we press and harry the opposition.
This game does come at the perfect time for both clubs and given that we both play attacking football, the clash on Sunday will be one for all to watch and hopefully, we come out with the win.