Speaking to the press (via football.london), Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has shared that Carlos Vinicius has ‘one problem’ in star striker Harry Kane – with the Englishman a key reason why he hasn’t been afforded more opportunities in the Premier League.
Vinicius was signed from Benfica last summer in an effort to give Kane some much needed back up, but the Brazilian forward has been restricted to mainly Europa League cameos.
He is one of the top scorers in the competition with six goals and three assists to his name, putting in a dazzling display during his last outing at home to Austrian minnows Wolfsberger.
Bagging two second half goals for Spurs as they rounded off a comfortable Round of 32 victory, the Evening Standard claimed recently that Mourinho remains unconvinced by the 25-year-old’s readiness for the Premier League.
Jose Mourinho drops message involving Vinicius
However, in a message to the press, Mourinho has confirmed his stance on Vinicus whilst revealing Kane is his only ‘problem’ – going on to confirm he will play with a heavy fixture schedule ahead.
“He has one problem, and the problem is Harry Kane,” explained the Tottenham boss (via football.london).
“It’s as simple as that. You need to be a special guy, you need to be a special heart, a special mentality, a special feeling in relation to what you mean for the team, what the team expects from you,”
“He is giving us what we want. In the Premier League he is going to play because we have so many matches that Kane cannot play every match.”
Transfer Tavern take
After this admission, it appears Vinicius could be in Mourinho’s plans after all – and it will be interesting to see how and when he features over these next few months.
Lauded as an ‘exciting’ player by Glenn Hoddle at the back end of last year (BT Sport via the Daily Mail), Spurs could certainly use all the help they can get as Mourinho attempts to turn the ship around.
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