Tottenham Hotspur have been in remarkably poor form in recent weeks.
On Thursday, they were held to a genuinely dispiriting draw by AFC Bournemouth, in which they failed to have a single shot on target.
They were actually lucky to escape with a point, as Callum Wilson’s late goal was ruled out for a handball as the ball flew into the back of the net.
The week prior, they were beaten 3-1 by Sheffield United, though they did beat Everton on Monday.
That win, though, came via an own goal from Michael Keane, and Spurs have now been left ninth in the Premier League table.
They remain a point behind eighth-placed Arsenal ahead of Sunday’s north London derby, while they are also nine points behind Manchester United in fifth and 10 off fourth-placed Leicester City.
Lucas Moura has been a central figure in their poor form.
The 27-year-old has made four appearances since Project Restart began, and has failed to either score a goal or register an assist.
Indeed, he last scored in the Premier League in December, netting in the 2-1 win over Wolves.
His last assist, by comparison, came against Manchester City in February in a 2-0 win.
And former Spurs striker Darren Bent, who played for the club between 2007 and 2009, insists that the forward has hit “rock bottom”, having been a star last season, scoring a hat-trick in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final versus Ajax.
Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “It’s probably his confidence because listen, Lucas Moura, he’s got to be the unluckiest footballer that’s out there.
“I’ve seen him play exceptionally well, fantastically well, brilliant – as we spoke about last year, the Champions League final where he scores a hat-trick in the semi-final to get his team to the final and then gets dropped.
“I remember other big games, he scores a couple goals and then gets dropped. For Lucas Moura, I don’t think he’s been allowed to build up any real consistency at Spurs. He hasn’t looked the same player since he came back from lockdown, that’s maybe a little bit of rust, maybe he’s not sure with how the team’s playing.
“First and foremost, he’s not sure if he’s going to be playing this week or that week.”
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Lucas has been appalling for too long.
Across his last three appearances, he has had just three shots on goal and completed one dribble, per WhoScored.
In addition to that, he has never had higher than a 76.1% pass completion rate in those games, while he has also laid on just two key passes.
The Brazilian is clearly absolutely awful and his ability is only enough for him to sit on the bench, not be starting games.
Last season, he had the ability to win games on his own; now, he’s anonymous.News Now - Sport News