Darren Bent has suggested that Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has lost trust in Lucas Moura after seeing his left as a substitute once again against Crystal Palace.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs and England striker says that the Brazilian winger is deserving of much more game time than he has been afforded by the manager and that there does not seem to be a reasonable explanation for his exclusion.
The former PSG star has started two out of his four appearances this season, with Pochettino putting him back on the bench for both the games after his starts.
With another appearance as a substitute against Palace, Bent suggests that the 27-year-old has lost the trust of his manager when it comes to performing for the full 90 minutes.
Bent told Football Insider: “Let’s be honest, Lucas Moura gets left out the side anyway, even when he doesn’t deserve to. It’s not even a fact of Lamela’s keeping him out. Maybe Pochettino feels he can’t trust Lucas Moura over a sustained period of time.
“We saw when Spurs went to Manchester United and he was sensational. Then he scored goal after goal after goal. Big games he’s always performed but for whatever reason, he can’t get a sustained run in the team.
“I don’t quite understand what’s happening with Lucas Moura. It must come down to the manager not fancying him.”
Lucas, who joined from PSG back in the 2018 January transfer window, has played 64 times for the north Londoners across all competitions, scoring 17 goals and contributing a further seven assists.
Of those outings, 44 have come in the starting XI, although only 29 of those came in his 42 Premier League games.
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