In a recent report on Patreon, journalist Alan Nixon revealed that Everton are eyeing a late move for Tottenham Hotspur ace Lucas Moura. It has been claimed that the Toffees are showing interest in the Brazilian speedster but could face competition in the form of Crystal Palace and Everton in pursuit of him.
Moura’s Lackluster Season In North London So Far
The 30-year-old has struggled to get regular playing time at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium during this campaign. Moura has made 11 appearances for Spurs this season but is yet to score or create a goal for them so far across all competitions.
The ex-Sao Paulo talent has made all of his league appearances off the bench but has performed well to average 0.1 shots, 0.1 key passes and 0.3 dribbles per game in Premier League football. He also needs to improve his ball distribution after making 75.6% of his attempted passes in the top tier of English football (stats via whoscored).
His current contract at the North London club is set to expire at the end of this campaign. Thus, Everton would be wise to arrange a cut-price move for him before the end of this month.
Is Moura A Decent Option For Everton?
Moura has got a wealth of experience at the highest level and has still got the pace to cause a few problems for the opposition defenders. He can strike the ball well from long range and has got the vision to create some decent plays for others around him in the final third. Moura is primarily a right-sided wide player but can also play on the left flank or fill in as a centre-forward if required.
However, the Brazilian sensation has been quite inconsistent with his offensive numbers which could be one of the reasons why he has only played a sporadic role in Tottenham boss Antonio Conte’s match-day squad this season.
We can expect Moura to inject more pace and goals into Everton‘s attack. He would no doubt increase competition for places within the Merseyside club‘s squad.
The Toffees currently find themselves in relegation trouble, so they are in dire need to strengthen their first XI. Moura fits the bill perfectly as he has got the experience to help Everton climb a few places in the Premier League table this season. At 30, he might still have a few good years left in him to play at his best which makes him a decent option for the Toffees to consider during this January transfer window.