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Tottenham Hotspur Does Not Want To Send This Winger Out On Loan: Good Decision By Conte?

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In a recent tweet, journalist Craig Hope revealed that Tottenham Hotspur does not want to send Lucas Moura out on loan despite recent interest from Aston Villa in him. It is understood that Spurs have little interest to loan the Brazilian wide player out during this summer transfer window.

Moura’s Recent Form At The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Moura is currently not a guaranteed starter in Antonio Conte’s first team as he has fallen behind Dejan Kulusevski and Emerson Royal in Tottenham’s pecking order. The 30-year-old has only received 12 minutes of playing time in Premier League football this season.

The Brazilian sensation had a better time in the 2021-22 campaign when he scored six goals and grabbed eight assists in 45 matches for Spurs across all fronts. Moura performed well to average 1.1 shots, 1.0 key passes and 1.6 dribbles per game in the Premier League. He even distributed the ball relatively well after making 76.7% of his attempted passes in the English top tier (stats via whoscored).

Antonio Conte
Antonio Conte

Tottenham Hotspur Have Little Interest In Sending Moura Out On Loan: Good Decision By Antonio Conte?

Moura has still got decent pace under his belt and can make a few promising runs with the ball out on the flanks. He is a good dribbler with the ball at his feet and can make some inviting chances for others around him on the attacking end of the pitch.

The Brazilian wing wizard can even shoot the ball with power and accuracy from long range but needs to add more goals and assists to his game if he intends to become a regular starter once again for Spurs in Premier League football.

At the moment, Moura is serving as a decent rotational piece in Tottenham head coach Antonio Conte‘s squad. However, he is guaranteed UEFA Champions League football if he stays at the North London club beyond this summer. Thus, it seems like a wise decision by Conte to not let him leave on loan right now as the Brazilian could still play a key role for his team over the next 12 months and might even help Spurs challenge for top honours once again in the not-too-distant future.

At 30, Moura might still have a few good years left in him to play at a high level, so it makes sense for Tottenham to keep hold of him for at least the duration of his current contract which will expire in the summer of 2024.

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