“He’s a top, top player” – Redknapp reveals what club insiders have told him

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Dom Le Roy

Former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has revealed that he has heard from sources at the North London club that Carlos Vinicius is a quality player.

Vinicius has not had many minutes in the Premier League since arriving at the club and has primarily been used in the Europa League and the FA Cup.

The striker has already notched up six goals and three assists so far this season and has impressed with his ability to hold up the ball.

However, Mourinho opted not to bring the Brazilian on when Harry Kane went off injured at half-time against Liverpool as he brought on Erik Lamela and Harry Winks at half-time, before introducing Gareth Bale with just under ten minutes to go.

It remains to be seen if the Tottenham boss will turn to the on-loan Benfica man to lead the line against Brighton on Sunday.

Redknapp revealed that he heard that Vinicius has impressed in training and believes that now could be the time that the forward gets the opportunity to prove himself.

The 73-year-old told Stadium Astro (as relayed by The Express): “They tell me the Brazilian boy is a fantastic player, the centre-forward.

“People at the club tell me, was he the leading goalscorer last year in Portugal? From Benfica, and people tell me he’s a top, top player.

“He’s strong, he scored a couple of great goals, okay it was only at Marine I know but one of the finishes was out of the top drawer.

“Maybe it’s a chance to play him now, even at half time they could have stuck him up top and played him up there at half time, rather than bringing on Lamela and Winks.

“Go and stick him up there, 1-0 down. Perhaps he needs a run this boy, he might be the answer. You don’t know until he gets the chance.”

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If Vinicius does not get a look-in in the next few Premier League games now that Harry Kane is out injured, one has to question why we signed him in the first place. However, looking at how sparingly Jose has used the Brazilian, it does not seem as if the Spurs boss believes that the striker has the required quality for the Premier League. I would not be surprised if he brought in Bale or Lucas for Kane against Brighton and puts Son down the middle.

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