EPL Player of the Week – Lucas Moura (Tottenham)


Tottenham welcomed Huddersfield Town to their new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium at the weekend, and sent the home crowd home very happy indeed with a 4-0 win over the Premier League’s bottom side. The performance was as impressive as one may expect of a side with Spurs’ quality, though goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was barely troubled throughout the game. He was only called into action in the dying stages to keep a free-kick from Huddersfield’s Juninho Bacuna out of the net, but otherwise it was a great showing all round. The star, however, was easily Spurs midfielder Lucas Moura. Victor Wanyama opened the scoring on 24 minutes, but Moura scored just three minutes later when he was played in by Moussa Sissoko – and never looked back.

The 26-year-old ended up smashing a hattrick to condemn sorry Huddersfield to another loss, with Christian Eriksen also providing one of the striker to emphasize just what a team performance this actually was. Moura finished up with 16 points for the week – the highest individual tally in the whole Premier League (and indeed the whole Euro Fantasy League game last weekend). Terriers’ goalkeeper Ben Hamer was unable to do anything at all about the performance level of the hosts, as Spurs jumped up to third in the Premier League table thanks to Moura and co.

Moura joined the north Londoners in January 2018 from Paris Saint-Germain (reuniting with former team-mate in the French capital, Serge Aurier in the process) and while the season as a whole has not necessarily been lighting any fires, he has certainly been performing at a good standard, having now racked up 61 points for the season. This was his best weekly performance of the campaign so far, outdoing the nine points he earned when Spurs travelled to Man Utd back in August. Spurs won 3-0 at Old Trafford that day, with Moura netting twice but losing a point for being booked. If he can maintain this sort of performance during Spurs’ final few games – and there is certainly a tricky one coming up – then Mauricio Pochettino’s men can potentially be once again planning for life in the Champions League next season.

If performance levels drop (or, at the very least, do not rise sufficiently to deal with big games against the likes of Man City this weekend) then that goal may prove something of a struggle with things being as tight as they are in that area of the league. However, this sort of performance from someone like Moura will only breed confidence throughout the team, and so he is absolutely the worthiest of winners in this week’s Player of the Week award!

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