Much like their north London rivals, Tottenham seldom sign players in the January transfer window. Yet this winter both clubs have splashed the cash. While it is Arsenal’s frenetic activity which has understandably drawn the most attention, Tottenham’s £23m deal for PSG player Lucas Moura carries its own sense of intrigue.
Long considered to be a special talent, many pundits believe the Brazilian is yet to realise his true potential. Tottenham fans have expressed their hope that Mauricio Pochettino can succeed where others have failed. The Argentine is undoubtedly a fine coach – Real Madrid’s rumoured interest in him is testament to that – but Moura would not be the first winger he has failed to get the best out of. The Lilywhites have repeatedly scoured the market for a pacy winger able to provide assists with greater consistency than the mercurial Erik Lamela. In recent years, the club have signed Clinton N’Jie for £8.3m and George-Kevin N’Koudou for £11m. Neither proved to be the answer.
Nevertheless, Moura should be a noticeable improvement on both players and will further strengthen Spurs’ attack. Indeed, he becomes the first player to join the club during the winter transfer window since a certain Dele Alli signed in February 2015. And he’s turned out OK.