Post match, Pochettino was in a rightfully upbeat mood after soundly beating the rather depressed looking Swansea City in the FA cup yesterday lunchtime.
The pressure of Harry Kane’s absence is something that the gaffer – now renowned for feeling calm – isn’t feeling.
“I think we have different players that can play in that position, Dele Alli, Lamela, Son, Llorente, Lucas Moura. For me, most important is how you are going to use the same in every single game, trying to defeat the different tactics that the opponent is going to use. But I think we have quality enough and different alternatives we can use.”
Kane wasn’t missed against Bournemouth, nor against the Swans. Lamela and Son in particular have both seriously stepped up to the plate in the immediate 180 minutes aftermath of Harry’s injury.
Lucas Moura is new to the league but has already begun to turn heads with 31 Premier League minutes and 226 FA cup minutes to his name.
Looking specifically at the latter tournament which gives us enough get our teeth into, Moura has only been given the opportunity to play against technically challenged and lacklustre opposition. Which of course isn’t his fault. Equally it would be daft to deliver wildly positive evaluations based upon such games.
Hang on, is Harry digging the guy out, already?!
Moura is a keen dribbler. Perky and ever-ready to make a forward forays, but his final balls have been routinely substandard.
The 25 year old’s undercooked shot – on the heels of Eriksen’s glorious opener yesterday – was so wet the ball squelched harmlessly off his toe.
How Mours he fare against superior opposition? Surely he’ll be less likely to dribble past better players, so if and when he’s successful, won’t his finishing let him down?
Chelsea will be less forgiving. Moura will need to dig deep in order to shake off the impression that he’s a limited talent that couldn’t keep his shirt in the PSG starting XI.
This is Levy’s third punt in the French utility-winger market.
In Poch’s first season Clinton N’Jie was inflicted. Some 12 months later Georges-Kévin N’Koudou who cost a few quid more (yet arguably achieved even less) was imposed.
That was £18million well and truly wasted and Spurs were still looking for the right answer.
Another £25million later and we are presented with the boy Moura. That’s £43million of muddled, hope fuelled speculation in total.
Moura arrived as so many do, with a back story, opposed being ready to rock.
Perhaps it would be quicker to ask you, dear reader, to compose a list of players Spurs might have signed instead of these three that £43million wouldn’t have secured?