By Sam Stone

25th Nov, 2022 | 8:10am

Lucas Paqueta 'key point' of Brazil victory as West Ham United man shines v Serbia

Lucas Paqueta was viewed as a “key” part of Brazil’s World Cup victory over Serbia as the West Ham man starred for Tite’s team.

The 25-year-old was deployed in a deeper lying role in the first half alongside Casemiro before being pushed further forward in the second period.

Brazilian news outlet UOL praised Tite for moving the West Ham man into a more advanced position in the second half of the Group G fixture.

They wrote (25 November): “A change in the positioning of Lucas Paquetá was the key point of the victory of the Brazilian team against Serbia.

“Tite instructed Paquetá to take a step forward to be a more advanced midfielder than in the original formation. And then the game volume improved for good.”

Take note Moyes

Paqueta has shown he can operate in a number of different positions in midfield and it’s potentially something David Moyes should consider when the Premier League returns. The 25-year-old looked full of confidence during the World Cup fixture, which he has to replicate in a Claret and Blue shirt.

It appears Paqueta is far more comfortable in the national team set-up at the moment, with journalist Tim Vickery suggesting he is the “Joker” amongst the Brazil squad. When Paqueta is given freedom and allowed to enjoy his football is where he looks his best.

Expansive teams such as Brazil will always focus on the attacking side of the game which is the polar opposite of what Moyes is trying to do at the London Stadium. Defending and looking to counter-attack is the Scot’s favourite way of approaching a match.

Having seen Paqueta in a Brazil shirt, it’s becoming clear Moyes’ tactics are really holding some of his flare players back.