Alan Hutton has admitted he has been pleasantly surprised by Lucas Moura’s emergence as an attacking midfielder at Tottenham.
The former Spurs defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested Spurs had been missing the pace and drive the 28-year-old offers behind the likes of Harry Kane and Carlos Vinicius.
Jose Mourinho has used the Brazilian in a more central role since February, though he was back on the wing against Aston Villa.
Notably, has played the full 90 minutes in Tottenham’s last three games, something he managed only three times in his other 21 league appearances this term.
His run in the side has been partly down to Heung-min Son’s absence through injury.
However, Hutton has tipped Lucas to remain in the starting XI and suggested he could flourish in the number 10 role.
Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “He was very bright against Villa, wasn’t he? He was a pest.
“He’s got that running power, he sees a pass. I think that’s the thing with him, Tottenham have got a lot of options in that forward line. He has been very much in and out for the past few seasons.
“It’d be nice to see him get a run of games and I think he will. I think he can play in that number 10 which actually kind of surprised me as well. I thought he would like to be more out on the wing, taking people on.
“He’s got the ability to get the ball in space, turn and drive at people to make things happen. That helps the likes of Kane and Vinicius if they make clever runs.
“That’s what he can give you with that acceleration he’s got. It’s nice to see him get a run, I think Tottenham need somebody like that.”