5) Marcelinho’s look alike
The young Brazilian was compared to the legendary Marcelinho, who was a prestigious figurehead at Corinthians, Sao Paulo’s arch rivals. Being the look alike, Lucas was often branded as Marcelinho; however, the attacker was exasperated and requested to be called Lucas by the fans. However, the conflict of names once again came up when lined up for the Brazilian national side. Lucas Leiva, the ex-Liverpool midfielder, was a fixture in the side and was always known as Lucas, therefore, when Lucas made it to the national side, he began to be referred as Lucas Moura.
4) Part of Sao Paulo’s youth system
Sao Paulo’s youth academy is amongst the very best in the world. Among the notable products of their academy is Ricardo Kaka, the last player to have won the Ballon D’OR other than Ronaldo and Messi, when Kaka won it in 2007. Lucas is also a part of the same youth system. He was a part of the Sao Paolo side that won the Copa Sao Paulo De Juniores, equivalent of the prestigious FA Cup for the youth in English football.
3) Youth championship winner
Lucas Moura was a part of the 2011 South American Youth Championship winning side. The attacker ended the tournament scoring 4 goals, 3 of which came against Uruguay in the final. The impressive group of youngsters also included Neymar and Danilo in the lineup. It was Moura’s first taste of a major competition. Like his teammates, Lucas too has played for Europe’s top clubs and will face Danilo when Spurs play City.
2) Nearly joined United
The Brazilian was an exciting prospect back in 2012. So much so that many newspapers in England claimed that he had agreed a deal to join United. Sir Alex too publicly spoke of interest in Moura. However, the Red Devils were outclassed by PSG, who were still in the building process. The Parisiens agreed to pay a massive 45 million for the 20-year old, with Ferguson ridiculing the fees claiming it was too much for a 20-year old. Luckily for Moura though, he now finds himself in England however he will lineup for the Lily Whites rather than Red Devils.
One of the key aspects of Lucas’ game is his versatilitiy. He has incredible ball control and is a pacy dribbler. His direct style of play is a full backs nightmare. His old fashioned wing play will surely add another dimension to Spurs’ playing style. Currently the club lack a real winger, with Eriksen, Alli and Son all like to play centrally. With Walker’s departure and Rose’s struggle with injuries, the club have lacked the ability to make the pitch wide. Lucas’ arrival will surely help in that way. If the Brazilian can find some consistency and settle in to life in England, the Premier league is looking at a serious acquisition for a mere 25 million Euros in a hyper-inflated market.