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Tottenham have struggled recently and though their problems primarily lie in defence, certain players have underperformed going forward too.
Despite their form dropping off a cliff, Spurs still have 18 goals in 11 games, with Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, in particular, looking sharp on occasion.
Some fans believe the problem lies with those playing behind them, with many hopeful that Christian Eriksen leaves, such is their animosity towards him and the way he’s playing – with one goal and one assist in 11 appearances.
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Instead, many want Lucas Moura to be given a chance, but that may not provide the solution to Tottenham’s problems either.
Mauricio Pochettino has been reluctant to start the Brazilian so far this campaign, preferring to use the impact of his pace off the bench, providing his attack with a different element when necessary.
It is a strategy which some supporters are confused by, but a look at his expected goals explains the Argentine’s selection, with the £36m-rated Lucas often failing to find the target from chances he should have put away, according to the statistics.
In that regard he is Tottenham’s biggest culprit, and if Spurs are to challenge for the top four Pochettino needs dependable players, hence his frequent omissions from the starting line-up this season, playing just 425 minutes of football.
His pace has its uses, but aside from his stunning hat-trick in the Champions League final, he has often been found wanting in the final third.
Since signing he only has 18 goals and seven assists in 69 appearances for the club, and therefore doesn’t compare with Son or Kane, or with players who play for Spurs’ league rivals.
The positive is that the 27-year-old should know it is an area of weakness in his game, and one which he should work hard on in order to show Pochettino his determination to improve.
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