This hasn’t been an ordinary January transfer window. Quite a few big players in the Premier League have already switched teams. There have been swap deals between major rivals. And now, possibly the strangest move of all, Tottenham have actually signed someone.
The club announced today that they have officially signed Lucas Moura from Paris St-Germain!
We are delighted to announce the signing of @LucasMoura7 from Paris Saint-Germain!— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018
✍️ Lucas has signed a contract until 2023 and will wear the number 27 shirt. #BemVindoLucas pic.twitter.com/DG0oWDWf5X
The Brazilian winger has signed a five and a half-year deal and joins for a reported fee of £25 million. He is a player who seems like he has been around for a while, but is still just 25-years-old.
Moura had been disappointed with the playing time allotted to him at PSG this season. Last year he made 36 appearances in Ligue 1 and managed 11 goals. This year, in a Paris team that has added Neymar and Kylian Mbappé to the fold, he has only appeared 5 times in the French league.
Lucas is a pacey winger who can be tremendously skillful with the ball at his feet. He typically plays on the right, but has also been deployed on the left and in the center of an attacking midfield.
Mauricio Pochettino has often spoken about not liking this mid-season transfer window. As recently as last Thursday he elaborated on his belief that he would have to be completely convinced that a January signing be the right kind of player who can make a noticeable impact.
“It’s so difficult to add players now - quality players that can help us to win games and achieve all that we want. If you want players that arrive to the Premier League or to change the team here in the Premier League, you need to know and be sure if you’re going to invest big money.”
Spurs don’t dip into the January market often, but this is a special occasion. It seems that Poch is confident that Lucas Moura fits the profile of the type of player he would want to add mid-season. That’s reason to be excited!
An added bonus to all of this is that Moura is not cup-tied in the Champions League. He has been on the bench in the competition a few times, but hasn’t actually played yet.
He may not walk into Tottenham’s starting lineup, but he adds another dimension to the attack, and to the bench. Moura instantly becomes the fastest player in the squad, and he’ll hopefully add some dynamism and directness that Spurs have lacked occasionally this season.
The £25 million price tag is a steal in today’s market. And Moura’s desired £75,000 per week salary fits into the wage structure that Daniel Levy has set at the club.
Moura obviously won’t be available for today’s match with Manchester United, but Tottenham will need him during this looming run of difficult fixtures.
All things considered, this looks like a quality signing. It certainly will be if Moura can play a part in Spurs securing a position in the top four or in the next round of the Champions League.