'Lucky boy' - Jeff Stelling shames Tottenham player who should have been shown 'straight red card' vs Leeds United
Sky Sports host Jeff Stelling has claimed that Tottenham forward Lucas Moura was a “lucky boy” not to be sent off against Leeds United on Saturday afternoon.
The Brazilian started the game on the bench, but was introduced partway through the second half with his side trailing 2-1.
It didn’t take long for the 28-year-old to make his mark on the game – although not in the way that manager Ryan Mason will have been hoping.
Moura’s flailing elbow connected with Ezgjan Alioski’s face during a tussle for possession just moments after his introduction, and Sky Sports pundit Tim Sherwood felt that the South American was very fortunate to stay on the pitch.
Speaking on Soccer Saturday, he said: “He should be off the field, in my opinion.
"Alioski puts super pressure on him. He’s not used to this sort of pressure. When you play Leeds United, they’re allowed to tackle you, you know.
"He goes on the back of him, he throws one elbow, it doesn’t connect, then he does it again. He means to elbow and he does.
"Alioski goes down and they just give a yellow card.
"For me, that is a red card. That is a straight card, and he should be sat next to the manager again like he did for 68 minutes.”
Stelling echoed the former Spurs boss’ sentiments, adding: “Lucky boy, Lucas Moura having just come on.
"Michael Oliver has been generous in just giving out a yellow card to Lucas Moura.
"He’s in the book, but he’s still on the field.”