Lucas Moura can be a “world beater” at Tottenham if he consistently displays his dazzling attacking talent, according to Noel Whelan.
The Brazil international has shone only intermittently since signing from Paris Saint-Germain in January of last year for a fee of around £25million.
Moura began this season impressively but has scored only one of his nine Spurs goals since Boxing Day and has struggled for game time in the second half of the campaign.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, Whelan explained how Moura has the talent to be win games in the same way as fellow attacker speedster Son Heung-Min.
“Since his move from PSG, there have been glimpses of what makes Moura special – fantastic mobility and his brilliant manipulation of the ball,” Whelan said.
“He’s got a great talent, but we should be talking about him a lot more. He has been inconsistent and only fired intermittently.
“Moura can be a world beater if he gets it right. He has to be a lot better next season, when he should be winning matches regularly, like Son does. He has a real talent.”
Moura is likely to get plenty of chances in the final weeks of the season after Harry Kane suffered ankle ligament damage in Spurs’ midweek Champions League win over Manchester City.
The Brazilian replaced Kane on Tuesday night and will be in contention to start the team’s Premier League home match against Huddersfield today (Saturday).
In other Tottenham transfer news, the club “have been sniffing around” an in-form number 10 to replace Christian Eriksen.