The arrival of Gareth Bale will have Lucas Moura “absolutely sweating” over his future at Tottenham, according to Alan Hutton.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs and Scotland defender believes the 28-year-old Brazilian will know his chances of game time have taken a massive hit due to the Welshman’s capture.
Spurs confirmed on Saturday that they had agreed terms to re-sign the 31-year-old on a season-long loan from Real Madrid.
Bale. Is. Back.
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Lucas has played primarily on the right-hand side of the attack during his time at Spurs, though he has filled in as a centre-forward on occasion.
However, Hutton believes Bale will be first-choice when fit and admits the South American star has just weeks until the Wales international is fit again to prove his worth to Jose Mourinho.
Asked how Lucas would be feeling over his future after Bale’s arrival, Hutton told Football Insider: “Absolutely sweating. At the end of the day, if he plays on that right-hand side where Moura is and cuts in, that’s where Bale, in my opinion, will play.
“Moura, he’s had great moments but inconsistent so if you see someone like Bale coming in from Real Madrid, you know you’re not playing, me as a player, if that was me I’d be thinking Gareth Bale’s coming in to play when he’s fit. It’s as simple as that.
“You either do it two ways as a player – you crumble and say alright, well he’s going to play or you say I’ve four or five weeks until he’s fit to prove to the manager I deserve to be playing.”
Moura played 47 times across all competitions for Spurs last season, with 25 starts in the Premier League.
He has a total of 23 goals and 12 assists in his 110 appearances for the club.
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