Paul Robinson believes that Tottenham Hotspur have taken advantage of Benfica’s current situation to secure the loan move for Carlos Vinícius.
The former goalkeeper claims that the North Londoners were able to secure a better deal for the Brazilian after Benfica were knocked out of the Champions League at the qualifying stage.
A 2-1 loss to Greek outfit PAOK in the third qualifying round has meant that Benfica have missed out on a lucrative payday after failing to make it into the group stage.
Robinson insists that Spurs have managed to land a top class forward who found the back of the net on 24 occasions last season in all competitions for the Portuguese giants (transfermarkt).
With Spurs competing in multiple competitions this season, Robinson has suggested that Jose Mourinho’s side may have been able to sell the prospect of a switch to England as more than simple being a back up to Harry Kane.
He told Football Insider: “I think he’s a great signing, I really do.
“They’ve exploited Benfica’s exit from the Champions League and exploited Benfica’s need for cash because of that.
“They’ve bought a top-class player, over 20 goals last season and he’s still only young.
“With Spurs competing on so many fronts this season, you can’t really sell it as back-up to Harry Kane anymore.
“I was there at the Stadium for the Maccabi Haifa game, they had Chelsea in the Carabao Cup and then Manchester United at Old Trafford at the weekend.
“He’s going to get a chance, he’s going to play at least 15 games this season. I think it’s an outstanding signing.
“I think they’ve had a really good window Spurs there’s real optimism and good press around Spurs for the first time in a while.
“I’m really optimistic as to what they can achieve this season.”
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