Speaking to Football Insider, pundit Noel Whelan has raved over the signing of Carlos Vinicius, which could prove ‘massive‘ after Spurs boss Jose Mourinho hinted he could start alongside Harry Kane in future matches.
Vinicius, who was brought in on a season-long loan deal with a £40 million option to buy in the transfer window, ending Tottenham’s 14-month-long wait for a back up forward, was originally tipped to lighten Kane’s load.
Should Vinicius start alongside Kane against Burnley?
No, use him as a back up
Whelan can’t get enough of Vinicius
Now, after Mourinho revealed he could play with the Englishman as part of a starting eleven, Whelan has waxed lyrical over the ‘snip of a signing’ which could prove crucial to Spurs’ challenge for silverware.
Vinicius started Tottenham’s 3-0 Europa League win over LASK last Thursday, providing an assist for compatriot Lucas Moura to open the scoring, and Mourinho even claimed he ‘can do better‘ following the performance.
Speaking to Football Insider, here’s what Whelan said about Vinicius, holding a high amount of praise for the forward who became Spurs’ sixth summer signing.
“It’s massive, it takes a bit of pressure off Harry Kane, they needed another out-and-out striker.
“You can’t keep going through a season thinking Harry Kane’s going to be fit forever, he needs that rest, he’s been away with England and he’s going to start every Premier League game for Tottenham, that’s for sure.
“When it comes to European games, if you can give him that respite and that little bit of sitting on the bench, resting your legs and you’ve got another out-and-out striker with that sort of quality to bring people into play and get assists, score goals, you’ve got to take that opportunity.
“The games, when you’re a successful side, come thick and fast whether you’re in the Premier League or in Europe. I think they did need that extra centre-forward up there and he looks like a great signing.
“If he carries on with that kind of form, he’s going to be a snip of a signing as well.”
Transfer Tavern take
Scoring 24 goals in all competitions for Benfica last campaign, it could only be a matter of time before he gets on the scoresheet for Spurs, but it remains to be seen whether the Lilywhites boss will give him a shot at Burnley this evening.
Mourinho strongly hinted in his post-match press conference that Vinicius will have the chance to play alongside Kane, and given he can also play as a winger, Spurs may have landed themselves a real asset.
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