Paul Robinson has hailed Lucas Moura as a “brilliant” player but claimed he is being deprived of Tottenham minutes by Harry Kane.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Russell Edge, the ex-Spurs and England goalkeeper explained why he is a big admirer of the Brazil international.
Moura wrote himself into Tottenham folklore with his sensational Champions League semi-final hat-trick last season when Kane was out injured.
But the forward, 27, was omitted from the starting XI for the final against Liverpool and has started just three Premier League matches this season.
“I think he’s got a really key role to play in the squad as he just gives you something else,” Robinson told Football Insider. “Harry Kane is the
number one pick, he starts regardless, so with Lucas Moura it depends on what system the manager wants to play.
“He gives you that something extra with his pace, he’s a threat in behind but he also carries a goalscoring throat.
“The problem that Lucas Moura has got is Harry Kane because he plays every week and if the manager wants to play with one striker then
he’s kind of fighting for his positions.
“But I think he’s an outstanding acquisition and been brilliant for Tottenham.”
Moura scored 15 goals for Tottenham last season and has an impressive goals-per-minute ratio for the club.
But the super-quick attacker has had to play second fiddle to Kane and Son Heung-Min this season, when his 11 appearances in all competitions have yielded two goals.