New Spurs signing Vinicius tipped to succeed by former boss

Date published: Saturday 10th October 2020 3:39 - James Holland

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New Spurs signing Carlos Vinicius has been tipped to succeed at the club by his former manager at Rio Ave, Jose Gomes.

The 25-year-old joined from Benfica on a season-long loan deal to provide talisman Harry Kane with support up front.

He scored 18 goals and assisted five more in 32 league appearances in the Portuguese league last season.

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And now his former manager has revealed what he thinks will trouble Premier League centre backs this campaign.

He told The Athletic (via Goal): “He’s a powerful player, and very intelligent. He is someone who always gets himself into goalscoring positions.

“He has a great sense for where opportunities are going to appear. He shoots with enormous power with his left foot. He protects the ball really well – even when defenders are pressuring him, he is able to shield the ball and turn his man to get a shot in.

“I used him as a No.9, a penalty-box striker. But we looked to make the most of his mobility. He likes to make diagonal runs into wide areas, behind the full-backs.

“He’s someone who holds the ball up well, which allows the rest of the team to move up the pitch and start an attack, or just take a breath. He was our reference point in attacking transitions.”

“It’s a good move for Vinicius and for Tottenham. This is a win-win for both parties.”

The move will give Vinicius the opportunity to test his ability in the Prem, while it will also give Spurs a backup option for Kane.

Spurs were linked with Moussa Dembele from Lyon originally, but the move failed to materialise as the French club wanted a loan deal rather than a permanent one.

The North London club eventually moved for the Brazilian as an alternative. He’s signed for an initial three €3 million loan fee with the option to buy for €45 million at the end of the season.

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