Hoddle admits he was left ‘scratching his head’ after Mourinho’s decision against Liverpool

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Glenn Hoddle

Glenn Hoddle has admitted that he did not understand why Jose Mourinho did not bring Carlos Vinicius on when Harry Kane was forced off at half time against Liverpool.

The England captain was withdrawn at the interval after soldering all for the first-half despite appearing to be in discomfort.

Mourinho revealed after the game that the striker had issues with both his ankles but there has been no official update from the club regarding the severity of the injuries to date

The Tottenham boss opted to bring Erik Lamela and Harry Winks on at half-time in place of Kane and Serge Aurier, with both substitutions failing to work as the home side struggled to create anything going forward.

Vinicius has barely had any opportunities in the Premier League since arriving on-loan from Benfica in the summer, with most of his minutes coming in the FA Cup and Europa League.

Hoddle admitted to being perplexed as to why Mourinho did not throw the 25-year-old on when Kane came off.

The legendary Spurs midfielder said on BT Sport’s post-match coverage: “I was surprised that Vinicius wasn’t brought on.

“It was a chance for him, and he’s put Lamela on and Son down the middle.

“I was scratching my head on that one.”

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It does not appear as if Vinicius has done enough in training to impress Mourinho. I would not be surprised if the Portuguese coach started with Son down the middle against Brighton, with either Bale or Moura coming into the team for Kane.

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