I honestly believe we are a better team when he is playing in the 2 of the 4-2-3-1 with Masch. Although this was when Xabi was playing poorly and with the way he is playing at the moment Lucas should be behind Xabi.
I've said it many times but i love the way he moves the ball on to help unlock defenses. I don't know how people cant see what is special about him. A central midfielder, goes forward well, is accurate in the pass, moves the ball quickly and intelligently, and isn't totally lost when going backwards (although should improve with time).
He is a Brazilian central midfielder who is the youngest ever player to win the award for best player in the Brazilian league. (previously won by players like Kaka, Tevez, Falcao, Zico and Romario).
Captain of the Brazil under 20's team, good enough for Brazil to think he is in their best 11 for the Olympics and good enough to have 4 caps for the full national side.
We beat off Inter with a stick to sign him with him also turning down United and plied his trade starting both games against Inter in the champions league last season as well as starting against Chelsea both in the league and champions league.
He pretty much scored the winner coming off the bench in the merseyside derby (his first game for us), scored a beauty against Havant and Waterloo last season, and i general has looked very good.
And then people say that they can't see anything special at all about him........... I don't understand.