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Aston Villa Locked In A Three-Way Battle For This Tottenham Ace: Should Emery Go For Him?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, Torcedores mentioned that Aston Villa are locked in a three-way battle for Tottenham Hotspur ace Lucas Moura. It has been stated that the Villans will have to rival Newcastle United and Wolverhampton Wanderers in the race to land the Brazilian sensation.

Lucas Moura’s Recent Struggles In English Football

Moura is having a tough campaign at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as he has struggled to earn regular playing opportunities for Spurs in the Premier League. The Brazil international has made 17 appearances for the North London club this season but is yet to score or assist a goal for them across all competitions.

The 30-year-old has seen all of his game time come as a substitute which explains why he is only averaging 0.1 shots, 0.2 key passes and 0.3 dribbles per game in Premier League football. He has also been sloppy with his ball distribution in the final third after making just 70.5% of his attempted passes in the top tier of English football (stats via whoscored).

His current contract at Tottenham is set to run out in the summer. Thus, the Villans could land him on a free transfer at the end of this campaign.

Lucas Moura
LEYLAND, ENGLAND – APRIL 15: Lucas Moura of Tottenham Hotspur makes their way towards the changing rooms after their side’s defeat in the Premier League 2 match between Blackburn Rovers and Tottenham Hotspur at Leyland County Ground on April 15, 2023 in Leyland, England. (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)

Should Aston Villa Boss Unai Emery Go For Lucas Moura?

Moura can still be a decent dribbler in the final third when he is playing with confidence on the pitch. The Brazilian sensation has got a wealth of experience at the highest level but needs to add some productivity to his game if he wants to get his career back on track. He is primarily a right-sided wide player but can also function as a left-winger or play as an attacking midfielder if required.

We can expect Moura to add some depth to Unai Emery‘s match-day squad at Villa Park. He is good enough to add more competition for the likes of Leon Bailey, John McGinn and Emiliano Buendia at the West Midlands club next season.

With all things considered, the Villans would be wise to go for Moura as long as they are planning to use him as a squad player in the future. He is past his prime and won’t be a long-term six to Emery’s goal-scoring problems.

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