Tottenham Hotspur look set to announce the signing of Paris Saint-Germain winger Lucas Moura on transfer deadline day, with the Brazilian to bring real quality to Mauricio Pochettino’s squad.
Spurs have been crying out for added pace and width in attack and the pending conclusion of the South American’s arrival gives the North London club exactly the type of player the side craves.
While Moura certainly fits the bill in terms of his attributes, Tottenham landing the Brazilian is a real testament to how far the club have come under Mauricio Pochettino.
To sign a player that cost PSG an astronomical transfer fee and with other major European teams also surely interested in the winger, this shows Spurs’ stature, credibility and progression in recent years.
Tottenham have long been linked with star players, but most of the fans take rumours with a pinch of salt when big names have been touted with a move to White Hart Lane.
In this instance, with Pochettino craving a fast winger to add pace and penetration, it seemed inevitable that the club would look to a so-called ‘lesser’ option or someone who was more easily attainable.
Only 18 months ago Tottenham followed this example in their search for a player to add the required wideman skillset – and opted for Moussa Sissoko.
The France international had just been relegated with Newcastle and hence was relatively easily attainable, with a move to Spurs deemed as a step up the ladder for the current Spurs man.
Sissoko has not provided the thrust in the final third that Tottenham needed, despite becoming a relatively versatile squad player.
This time round, Spurs have seemingly learned their lesson and moved to land a more-established, more difficult to attain option.
The club showing more ambition in the transfer market will be welcomed by the Tottenham fans and deliver Pochettino the player that he yearned for when Sissoko was bought.