Speaking in a press conference after his side’s 3-0 victory over LASK in the Europa League, Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho reserved praise for Carlos Vinicius but insists the striker can ‘do better’ and has demanded ‘much more‘ from the Brazilian.
Vinicius, who put in an assured display for Spurs in place of star striker Harry Kane on Thursday night, could be set for more appearances to give the Englishman a rest after signing on loan in the summer.
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Vinicius can do better
Indeed, with the ‘exciting‘ 25-year-old’s acquisition, Tottenham ended their 14-month long wait for a backup forward to Harry Kane, and it’s safe to say he put in a stellar display against LASK even without bagging a goal.
Speaking to the press afterwards, Mourinho claimed that while he is very happy with Vinicius in general, he is a ‘bit of a shame still‘ due to the language barrier and insists he can ‘do better‘ for the Lilywhites. Going on to subtly demand ‘much more‘ from the attacker, he also claimed that Vinicius is in a ‘learning process‘, but the 57-year-old shed light on how the Spurs players feel over the striker’s arrival.
Apparently, the feelings are good towards him and there is a bond forming, with Mourinho even hinting that Vinicius could start alongside Kane in future matches.
Transfer Tavern take
Scoring 24 goals in all competitions for Benfica last season, while it may take some time for the striker to adjust, it’s no secret Spurs have bagged a potentially top-class asset.
Given that he can also play out wide, as Mourinho has hinted, don’t be surprised to see him accompanying Kane in a future Tottenham starting XI.
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