Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva showed us on Sunday exactly why his recent performances have been so heralded among former Reds players and pundits. Despite being on the losing side against Spurs, the Brazilian showed me and other Reds fans who doubted him that he is turning into a very good player indeed. Although by no means spectacular, both his tackling and passing were solid and showed calmness on the ball while also pressing the opposition into mistakes to break up the play and win the ball back for his team.
This was why I was quite perplexed when I saw yesterday Skysports.com reporting that Sevilla were interested in signing Lucas. According to the Spanish press the Seville Club are interested in taking the Brazilian to Spain, after midfielder Tiberio Guarente was ruled out for the rest of the season. The report suggests that Roy Hodgson could be tempted to sell the 23 year old to fund his own transfer plans in the January transfer window.
Perhaps the Spanish press are unaware but Lucas has already displaced Christian Poulsen as first choice this season in the defensive midfield role. Although it is certainly true that the Brazilian started off the season in and out of favour with Roy Hodgson, in recent weeks, when Lucas is available, Roy has opted to start the Brazilian international. In performances against Chelsea and Spurs, either side of his sending off against Stoke, he has shown to many that he actually does have a good deal of ability.
It wasn’t long ago that Lucas was a much maligned figure on Merseyside, and although there a some still who criticise the Brazilian’s performances, in recent weeks the numbers of critics have become less and less as he begins to show assurance and maturity which will hopefully characterise his game in the months and years to come. I like many felt that Lucas contributed little to team performances in his early starts for the Merseyside club. It was however difficult to judge his ability for me as he was playing a position which was foreign to him, in a league much superior to the one he was playing in back in Brazil with Gremio.
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