Mourinho challenges player to prove he has a long-term future at Tottenham


Jose Mourinho has made it abundantly clear that Carlos Vinicius will be handed many opportunities to play at Tottenham Hotspur.

The North Londoners had failed to recruit another striker to help take the goalscoring burden off the shoulders of Harry Kane and Heung-min Son since the departure of Fernando Llorente in the summer of last year.

Mourinho admitted in January of his desire to bolster his attacking options but had to wait until the summer to be able to get his man (Evening Standard).

After being linked with a number of attacking names including Napoli’s Arkadiusz Milik (the Sun) and Wout Weghorst of Wolfsburg (De Telegraaf), they eventually settled on recruiting Benfica’s Carlos Vinicius on a season long loan deal, which includes the option to make the deal permanent.

Mourinho has challenged Vinicius to convince the North Londoners to make the deal a permanent fixture if he can catch the eye when he takes to the field when he is given the chance.

Mourinho said to Sport TV as quoted by Sport Witness: “Alternation is important because Harry cannot play all the games. Vinicius will play many times, he will have the opportunity to prove the Premier League and convince Tottenham to buy him.

“We have two strikers. We don’t have three, four or five. And he’s one of the two. The other is one of the three best strikers in the world and that creates a difficult situation for him. But you can play the two together, there are games where they’ll do it. Alternation is important because Harry cannot do all the games.”

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