In a day where Tottenham will rue what could have been after substitute Stephen Davies slotted him the equalizer for League One side Rochdale, Spurs now have another game added to their schedule as they push for a trophy and a European place this season.
Despite the lackluster performance, one bright spot for Spurs was the performance of debutante Lucas Moura.
While fans of opposing teams will say “it’s only Rochdale”, Mauricio Pochettino will be happy after the Brazilian’s performance Sunday.
Right from the off, Moura was looking to surge forward to create opportunities help Spurs get on the scoreboard early on. His quick bursts of pace helped him skip past Rochdale players with ease.
His passing was also on point. Early in the first half, he lofted a pinpoint cross field pass to Son Heung-min which put him through on goal. His flicks also hit their mark. In the first half, he put Sissoko through down the right-hand side as he dinked the ball over a Rochdale defender.
His ability to fill open space is what helped him score the equalizer in the second half as both Rochdale centebacks tried to close the ball down. Sissoko picked out a good pass as Moura slotted the ball home in the 59th minute.
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The most impressive part about his performance which Poch and co. could be proud of was his work rate.
Throughout the match, Moura was first to every second ball. His desire helped create many attack opportunities for Spurs. He also withstood many hard tackles due to his determination to help his side win the match.
Another part of his work rate that impressed many was his willingness to track back and defend. In Mauricio Pochettino’s high-pressing system, every player needs to help defensively to retrieve the ball back. At times in the match, Moura was going back into his own defensive half and won the ball back and initiated attacks.
While it maybe only Rochdale, Spurs fans have every right to be excited about Moura in the business half of the season.