Reporter praises £23m Tottenham ace for not ‘messing things up’ at Hotspur Way

Tottenham Hotspur winger Lucas Moura ‘seems like a good professional’ after patiently waiting for his chance to shine, reporter says Pete O’Rourke.

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The 29-year-old has struggled for playing time in recent weeks after falling down the pecking order under manager Antonio Conte, but caused no trouble in the dressing room as a result.

What’s the latest news about Moura?

Moura arrived at Tottenham with considerable reputation after completing a £23m move from Paris Saint-Germain in January 2018.

Since then he has been a solid performer for Spurs without ever cementing his place in the starting XI, registering 38 goals and 26 assists in 195 appearances in all competitions.

And the Brazil international has started the current campaign in favor under former boss Nuno Espirito Santo, featuring in eight of the capital club’s first 10 Premier League fixtures from the start.

Conte’s arrival as Espirito Santo’s replacement didn’t initially see Moura fall to the bench, but Dejan Kulusevski’s arrival in the winter transfer window did.

Moura has failed to start a top-flight game since 13and February, and with Kulusevski racking up seven goals in his first 10 league outings for Spurs, it may be a while before he gets another chance to impress.

What did O’Rourke say about Moura?

In total, the South American has received just 37 minutes of action in Tottenham’s last four games.

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However, there has been no speculation around any possible dissatisfaction from Moura’s side, and O’Rourke praised his attitude in the aftermath.

He told GiveMeSport: “He is good player, he doesn’t seem to bother either if he’s not in the team. We don’t hear any reports of him disrupting things, and it seems like he’s a fine professional.

Can Spurs finish in the top four?

Moura and his teammates will be focused on trying to finish in the top four this season, and recent results have made that possibility more likely.

As Spurs lost 5-1 to Newcastle United at the weekend, Arsenal suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace, while Manchester United drew at home to Leicester City.

It means Conte’s charges are now in fourth place, four points ahead of the Red Devils and West Ham and ahead of the Gunners on goal difference, despite having played an extra game.

It remains to be seen whether Tottenham can qualify for the Champions League for the first time since 2019/20, but Moura will surely hope he can play his part in a strong end to the season.