Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed that he has been working closely with winger Lucas Moura in a bid to get him to full fitness and adapt to the squad after his January arrival.
The 25-year-old arrived from PSG in a deadline day swoop from Paris Saint Germain but is yet to establish himself as a first team regular, having been rarely seen by the Spurs fans with just six appearances across all competitions.
However it appears as though the international break, for which Lucas has not been chosen to feature for Brazil, has given the manager the opportunity to focus on getting the speed machine ready to be unleashed against Chelsea in what will be their first game back on their return to league action.
Pochettino admitted to Football.London that he had been working hard on a one-to-one basis with Lucas, saying: “He still needs to adapt his quality to the team. We’re trying to build his fitness and adapt his characteristics to the team.
“He’s capable of everything going forward, he has amazing quality but then he needs to be more involved with the team when we don’t have the ball.
“We’re helping him. That is about training, understanding the position and being capable of making efforts with and without the ball. But we’re so pleased with how he’s adapting himself to the team.”
Lucas has just three starts to his name, all coming in the FA Cup, and will hope to keep his place in the starting XI against Chelsea after featuring in the 3-0 over Swansea City.
Football Insider verdict
The January window has been proven to be a difficult time for players to adapt to a new club, and it appears this has been the case with Spurs’ Brazilian flyer. Instead of having a pre-season to bed yourself in, you are thrown straight into the deep end of competitive football, and after being outcast at PSG, making that return immediately will have been tough. Still, he has impressed in the matches he has featured in, and if he can step up to the next level with Pochettino’s assistance, then Spurs fans are in for a treat, and Chelsea might have a new danger man to look out for when the Lilywhites visit Stamford Bridge.
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