Speaking after Tottenham’s 4-0 victory over Ludogorets in the Europa League on Thursday night, manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed a worry he holds over ‘exciting‘ summer signing Carlos Vinicius – going on to claim he ‘needs to be more physical’.
Vinicius, who arrived in transfer window on a season-long loan deal from Benfica, could sign on a permanent deal at the end of the season if Daniel Levy and co take up the option.
Spurs will need to fork out £40 million to secure him as an official Lilywhites player, and he will have done no harm with his performance against the Bulgarian minnows.
The Portuguese attacker scored his first goals for Mourinho and Spurs in the first half, bagging an easy brace as Tottenham ran rampant.
However, speaking after the encounter, Mourinho detailed a worry over Vinicius – claiming he ‘needs to be more physical’ for the Premier League as Spurs prepare to take on Chelsea this Sunday.
“He is not playing a lot, especially in Premier League,” explained the manager on Thursday evening.
“But he helped us to win the game at West Bromwich and in Europa League he is doing okay and adapting. Today was good that he scored an important goal.
“The second one is 75 per cent Dele’s goal, but then in the second half he assists Lucas for his goal. He is a big boy, a strong boy and needs to be more physical in the Premier League.”
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Given he has only just moved with little game time under his belt, Spurs fans will be hoping Mourinho’s concern over a lack of physicality could soon be resolved.
Vinicius ended the year-long search for a striking back-up to Harry Kane, and if he continues to play like he did against Ludogorets, it could only be a matter of time before Spurs opt to sign him permanently.
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