The North London derby is this Saturday and the whole world will be watching two giant clubs do war in a battle of superiority. This will match will be interesting for a number of reasons; debuts, returnees and seeing how new signings fare in big games.
One of the most highly-touted talents in world football over the past decade is set to make his debut in the North London derby tomorrow. Tottenham’s new star signing Lucas Moura is in line to play in Spurs colours for the first time.
In his press conference, Mauricio Pochettino stated that he had no serious injuries present in his squad, so it’ll be ‘tough’ for him to pick a starting XI tomorrow. Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose and Harry Winks have all made their returns from long-term injuries.
In relation to Lucas Moura, the Spurs manager said, “I think he will be ready, maybe to be in contention for Saturday. He is doing well, training so hard and I think we need to assess him.”
Lucas Moura joined from Paris Saint-Germain for £23million in the January transfer window. The Brazilian didn’t have the best of times in France as the hopes for him were exceptionally high. Before he joined PSG, there was a tugging war between Manchester United and the French giants for his signature.
If only the 25-year-old had known, perhaps his career would have been on a different trajectory. Lucas Moura signed for PSG for £38million in 2013, he went onto make over 200 appearances for the team. In 207 appearances for PSG, the former Sao Paulo wonderkid only scored 46 goals. His new suitors Tottenham Hotspurs will be expecting a far better return in his time in North London.
For those may not know, Lucas Moura is an exciting orthodox winger. His dribbling skills are close to wizardous, the way he weaves past players can be likened that toof a young Lionel Messi. On top of that, he’s pacey and has a good eye for creating chances for others.He’ll provide Tottenham with much-needed width down the flanks, thus giving them their only out and out winger at the club.The Brazilian’s inclusion in the starting XI gives Mauricio Pochettino a plethora of formations to play with, such as; 4-3-3, 3-4-3 and a 4-2-2-2.
Mauricio Pochettino believes not every player in the squad will understand the team selection on Saturday. As of course, some big-name players will not be making the cut. That’s understandable as this is the biggest North London derby in recent memory. Both teams are fighting for Champions League qualification and the two clubs are currently separated by only 4 points, if Arsenal wins at Wembley, that’ll be down to 1 point.