While Rivaldo respects Lucas Moura’s professionalism, he urged his fellow Brazilian to get angry at his lack of opportunities at Tottenham.
Lucas looks set to continue as Spurs’ star substitute for this season having only started half of his eight appearances.
It marks somewhat of a letdown for the former Paris Saint-Germain forward, who thrived in Harry Kane’s absence during the previous campaign. He, in fact, played a critical role in the club reaching the Champions League final.
However, Mauricio Pochettino appears happy to keep Lucas restricted to a bit-part role in his squad.
“Lucas Moura is losing importance in the Spurs team once again,” Rivaldo told Betfair.
“I think he is behaving as a real professional, holding on and working normally.
“Perhaps if it was another player, we could have a different story, with the player complaining about the manager, after all he did for the team last season.
“This is also bad for Moura’s ambitions with the Brazilian national team.
“If he is not playing at his club, it’s tough to nail down a place in such a competitive national squad with so many good players who are performing well at club level.
“Lucas had a great end of season and already scored in Champions League this season against Olympiakos.”
Rivaldo added: “He [Lucas] should feel frustrated at being used as a star substitute who only plays when the team has problems.
“No one likes to enter in a match when his team is losing 3-0 or 4-1 and miracles, like the one Spurs pulled off against Ajax last season, don’t come every day.”
Despite his limited role, Lucas has managed two goals and assists in his eight appearances. He also signed a new contract in north London last month.
The 27-year-old will hope Pochettino will give him a chance in the line-up for Saturday’s visit to Brighton in the Premier League.