There is no doubt whatsoever that being a young prospect in a big team is difficult. A lot of pressure, enthusiasm surrounding your appearances and great players fighting with you for a spot on the pitch.
It is even more difficult if you are an attacking midfielder/right winger in Paris Saint-Germain; i.e Lucas Moura.
Lucas started his career in São Paulo, a Brazilian club where he played 74 matches, scoring 19 goals. He impressed several Europeans clubs with his speed, passing and flair. PSG didn't lose time and signed him in January for 43 million euros.
During his first semester, he participated in 15 matches giving six assists but scoring no goals. He was considered a first-team player, and was highly-regarded by Carlo Ancelotti. But, with the arrival of Laurent Blanc, and Edinson Cavani, Lucas' place is threatened.
The French manager already changed PSG's formation. He won't use Ancelotti's 4-2-3-1, but instead, a 4-4-2. In this new formation, Lucas will have to adapt. He used to play as a right winger, but now he needs to be more dedicated to creating and marking as an attacking midfielder.
In addition to that, Lucas will have strong competition in his position. With Cavani's arrival, it's more likely that the two spots as forwards will be taken by Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cavani. This leaves two spots as attacking midfielders for three amazing players: Ezequiel Lavezzi, Javier Pastore and Moura.
But it is not only in PSG that Lucas is facing strong competition. In Brazil's national team, he is not considered a first-team player, but he often enters during the games. His "rivals", Hulk and the hot prospect Bernard are among Phil Scolari's favourites.
Although it's not easy, Brazil's wonderkid has to shine and show all his potential, living up to the expectations. He has everything to be an extraordinary player, and nothing better than some difficulties to make a young star grow.
If Lucas wants to keep his place in PSG and Brazil's national team, it is time to step-up.
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