Friday, 16 November 2012

Jewels From Around The World - Lucas Moura

In this new series called "Jewels From Around The World" we will be posting about some of the budding talents who have got all the potential to be world class player. Though this is pretty much not directly related with Chelsea, we think that this section will keep informed our readers about many grooming youngsters.... We hope you will enjoy this section....

Lucas Moura
Lucas Moura, a name perhaps forgotten among the rich crowd of superstars Brazil has at the moment. He is of a special batch of Brazilian Internationals including the types of Leandro Damiao, Neymar Jr., Oscar Dos Santos, Hulk, etc. Lucas Moura attracted attention from all the major leagues in the summer of 2012, as Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Juventus, Chelsea, Manchester United and PSG were all interested in signing the so called Next Big Thing from Sao Paulo. This sparked a bidding war among the clubs, and surprisingly, the richness of PSG would be where Lucas will be stepping into for his next level of development. The Brazilian League does have a large host of young talents, often dubbed as the ‘next-someone’, but not all have managed to live up to their billing. Impressing only at Sao Paulo, Lucas Moura had to warm the bench for Brazil because of perhaps Neymar, Oscar and Hulk being more established than him. So the world hardly knows much about this wizard.
Standing at 5ft 8in, Lucas Moura may not be the tallest of midfielders any team could have. However, his beauty lies not in his aerial ability, but in his ability to absolutely dominate and humiliate defenders. Capable of playing on both wings, Lucas has also excelled as a second striker, however, his lack of decisiveness to play the final ball at times, have cast doubts of his role behind the target man. He is that kind of player, who would rather take on a defender rather than pass the ball to a team mate, and thus often end up spurring chances. Ofcourse, the 20 year old has a long way to go in his career, where his potential is massive, and the only real question would be to understand what the limit is for this young attacker.

An amusing combination of skills, strength, speed and aggression, Lucas Moura is exactly what most fans want to see in a young attacker for their team. In a country where the Great Ronaldinho has mastered the skill of La Elastica, Lucas Moura performs it quite effortlessly. He can also be seen at times go past not one, but multiple defenders through his acute dribbling. He also has an amazing awareness of the environment around him with or without the ball, often seen nutmegging a charging defender from blind side to the fans amusement. This saying, he isn’t too clinical in front of goal. So, spectators will well enjoy his trickery rather than his goals. Lucas Moura certainly is not a player who waits for his team mates to get the ball for him; he tracks back for defending and helps out his team while trying to get back the ball for the team.

Having sealed a January move to French outfit in a mega rich deal, Paris Saint-Germain, the world would well be looking for what the young man can offer to the strengthening of the team. In a transition period, Lucas Moura might find it hard adjusting to a team that boasts a wide array of stars like Argentine star Lavezzi, and ofcourse the controversial Swede Zlatan Ibramovich. But it sure will be worthy to see how far this young lad can go if he happens to make up a healthy partnership with the superstars in the team. And ofcourse, the world will be with their eyes wide open to understand why super teams like Real Madrid, Chelsea, Inter and Manchester united were after this young gun and just how far can he go, and in the process take PSG with him.

Name: Lucas Rodrigues Moura Da Silva
DOB: 13th August, 1992
Pos: Winger/ Attacking Midfielder/ Second Striker
Ht: 5ft 8in
Nat: Brazil
Current Club: Sao Paulo (pre-contract with PSG for January 2013)
Stronger Foot: Right
Career Goals: 18 (73 appearances)
Strengths: Trickery, Pace, Strength
Weakness: Average Passing, Low success in scoring, weak aerially
Resemblance: Neymar’s trickery + Lennon’s pace

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