Lucas Moura says former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino played him out of position as a striker, and admits he is happy to have returned to a wide position under Jose Mourinho.
The Brazilian international looks like being one of the main beneficiaries of Mourinho’s arrival at Tottenham so far, having started both of the 56-year-old’s games in charge and being returned to his preferred wide role.
Moura failed to truly establish himself as an automatic starter under Pochettino and was often deployed in an unfamiliar central role, a position the 27-year-old believes does not bring out his best performances.
“Every player wants to play, it doesn’t matter the position. But everyone knows I am not a No 9, it is not my best position,” Moura told the Daily Mail.
“When Pochettino put me there I always gave my best because for me the most important thing is the team but each coach has one opinion, a different mind.
“Now I feel very good in this position (as a wide player). I always played in this position, I feel good and I am happy.”
Moura will be hoping to play a more influential role under the new management, Mourinho having stated his admiration for the player and admitting he tried to sign the winger during his time in charge of Real Madrid.
“I am happy he likes me and he said it, it is very important to me to have this confidence from the coach and I hope to help him, help the team,” he added.
“I will always give my best and I am happy for the opportunity he has given me. I think everyone knows him. I don’t need to speak about him because he is a winner, a champion.
“He has a lot of trophies and I am sure he has much to bring for us and to add to our team, our club.”
Spurs return to Premier League action this weekend when they host Bournemouth at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the club currently sitting in tenth in the division following their win at West Ham in Mourinho’s first game in charge.