David Moyes has been told to give Brazilian star Lucas Paqueta more freedom when he plays for West Ham United.
That’s according to ESPN Brasil pundit Fabio Luciano who told Torcedores that the 25-year-old thrives when being given more freedom in the final third.
That doesn’t mean that he isn’t expected to put in a defensive shift as well though.
David Moyes brought Paqueta to the London Stadium from Lyon in the summer for around £51 million (The Times).
And it seems as though the Hammers boss has been getting it badly wrong the the ex-Lyon star…
Brazilian tells David Moyes where he’s gone wrong with Lucas Paqueta
ESPN Brasil pundit Fabio Luciano has been discussing the 25-year-old and how he operates for his country.
When talking about the Brazil starting lineup for their World Cup clash with Serbia, Luciano spoke to Torcedores at length about Paqueta’s role for the Samba boys:
With regard to this lineup, Paquetá has the most responsibility, as we know that he works very well with Neymar, Neymar likes his approaches. I think he will have responsibilities, when Brazil have the ball and Paqueta understands that he has the security of two defenders, the protection of the full-backs and Casemiro, this will give him a little more freedom to approach Neymar. Now, he needs to be the first man in the recomposition. So, he needs to understand that he will arrive in the box, he will find Neymar, but he also has the responsibility of sharing the defence with Casemiro. I think this line-up is very cool if all players commit to defending. With the ball at their feet, all concern is with Serbia.
I guess the main takeaway from that is that Paqueta needs to be given more freedom in the final third, rather than be ordered to play in a rigid setup in specific zones.
When the ball is in West Ham’s third though, the Brazilian ace will, of course, be expected to contribute defensively as well though.
David Moyes absolutely has to get the best out of Lucas Paqueta, if he is to guide his West Ham side to any kind of success this season.
Whether the Scot is capable of listening, learning and then acting on the back of outside advice remains to be seen, however.