Spurs needed to beat Newcastle to ensure their place in the Champions League next season, or risked leaving it until the final day where Chelsea had the chance to overtake them. Mauricio Pochettino's men struggled the find a breakthrough and once again were not at their best.
Harry Kane was on hand to help his side limp over the line after he scored the only goal in the second half.
As Spurs looked fresh out of ideas, £25m January signing Lucas Moura sat on the bench but was not brought on once again by the Spurs boss.
As one of Tottenham's most technically gifted flair players, Lucas gives Spurs something different in attack but was again not involved. Many Spurs fans took to Twitter to vent their frustrations over the Brazilian not being given a chance.
Moura must be sitting there thinking to himself if he can’t get a game in this Spurs midfield based on that first-half performance than what was the actual point in moving to us.— Last Word On Spurs🎙 (@LastWordOnSpurs) May 9, 2018
Surely he has to come on soon for Sissoko in this second-half if we don’t score early.#THFC #COYS
What does Lucas Moura need to do to get a game?— Steve Poole (@winster1972) May 9, 2018
However Poch needs to sit down with Levy & lay it out on what he needs. Toby, Dembele are going to be huge holes to fill & we have to sort put this 2nd striker issue. Plus why is our 2nd joint highest purchase not getting near the team. The exclusion of Moura is strange #COYS— Buzzer (@MarkBuzzB) May 9, 2018
Since joining Tottenham in the January transfer window from Paris Saint-Germain, Lucas Moura has only managed five Premier League appearances. Four of those came as a substitute.
Tottenham left it late to confirm their place in the top four, which begs the question why Mauricio Pochettino did not make many changes or give more chances to his latest signing. Spurs could be planning a squad overhaul in the summer, so if he survives a summer exodus, Lucas could see his minutes for Spurs increase next season.