Tottenham Hotspur may not have got the result they wanted in the FA Cup tie with Rochdale at the weekend, but one player earned almost unanimous praise from fans on Twitter.
Lucas Moura made his first start for the club since signing from Paris Saint-Germain in January and bagged a goal in the 2-2 draw at the Crown Oil Arena.
Whilst the 2-2 scoreline means an unwanted replay with the League One outfit at Wembley, the Brazilian excelled in difficult conditions and was one of the few positives to come out of the clash.
A sloppy first half was compounded when Dale took the lead in the 45th minute, Ian Henderson finishing a sweeping counter-attack after a mistake from Harry Winks in midfield.
Lucas equalised in the second period, receiving a pass from Moussa Sissoko and cleverly lifting the ball over goalkeeper Josh Lillis.
Spurs looked to have wrapped the game up when Harry Kane netted from the penalty spot minutes before full-time, but Steve Davies earned the underdogs a precious replay with a predatory effort in the dying moments.
Lucas’ goal may not have prevented a shock scoreline, but his direct running, pace and dribbling ability were all on show and left supporters on social media excited for what he can bring to the table for the remainder of the campaign.
There is a sense that the former Sao Paulo star offers something that was previously lacking in manager Mauricio Pochettino’s squad and he looks set to have a major role to play over the coming months.
Starting from the right and switching to the left flank at half-time, Lucas’ goal actually came from a burst through the middle of the pitch and his versatility will be useful as Tottenham continue to compete on three fronts.
The best of the Twitter reaction to the 25-year-old’s display can be found below: