Speaking to Football Insider, ex-Premier League forward Kevin Phillips has issued a Tottenham claim surrounding summer signing Carlos Vinicius – with the pundit hinting that the new arrival will have to ‘get used to sitting on the bench’ behind star striker Harry Kane.
Vinicius, who signed for Spurs during the last week of the transfer window on a season-long loan deal with an option to buy, bagged an impressive 24 goals in all competitions for Benfica last season – earning the nickname ‘beast‘.
Daniel Levy scoured the market for all available attacking options before the window’s closure, with the club linked to Habib Diallo, Haris Seferovic, Arkadiusz Milik and more (Alasdair Gold).
Putting an end to their long drawn out quest to bring in another centre forward since Fernando Llorente’s departure in 2019, Spurs finally landed a capable ace in Vinicius – but Phillips has claimed his opportunities will be limited despite the obvious ability.
He also thinks it will be a challenge for him to adapt to the English top flight, issuing his verdict surrounding one of Tottenham’s marquee summer acquisitions.
“It will be a challenge for him coming to the Premier League,” he told Football Insider.
“Of course, he has been brought in as a backup striker because nobody is pushing Harry Kane out of that side any time soon. He is going to have to get used to sitting on the bench, it is as simple as that.
“They are bringing in a player that knows where the back of the net is. It is an area that they needed to strengthen in because Kane was their only out-and-out striker.
“When his opportunity comes let’s hope he takes it, it is a big step up.”
Vincius is clearly a prolific addition and one that has excited many Lilywhites, but fellow pundit Alex McLeish made another claim recently that Tottenham only signing the 25-year-old on a loan-to-buy rather than a permanent deal should ring ‘alarm bells‘.
Only time will tell whether he hits the ground running quickly in one of football’s most competitive leagues, but it will be interesting to see just how many chances Jose Mourinho is willing to give.
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