Tim Sherwood has revealed that he understands why Carlos Vinicius celebrated his goal at Villa Park in the manner in which he did as the striker has every right to be angry at his lack of opportunities this season.
Vinicius has not had as much game time as he would have hoped for since joining on a season-long loan deal from Benfica last summer.
Most of the striker’s minutes have come in the Europa League and domestic cup competitions so far this season.
In fairness to the Brazilian, in the opportunities that have come his way, he has demonstrated that he knows where the back of the net is, having already scored ten times so far this season.
The 25-year-old was handed just his second Premier League start of the season against Villa on Sunday and what Vinicius lacked in quality, he more than made up with his effort against Dean Smith’s side.
He closed down the Villa defenders tirelessly and kept making runs down the channels, eventually getting his reward in the form of his first league goal.
Sherwood believes that Vinicius deserves more chances to show what he can do in a Tottenham shirt.
“He has played in the Europa League and he probably thought ‘we got knocked out in midweek and that’s me finished now and I am not going to play anymore’.
“Surprise, surprise. You are playing in the Premier League. Can you do it? I think the kid needs an opportunity to play to show what he can do. I don’t think he has had a fair crack.
“And now if he can add to this goal. Look at that frustration (his celebration). That is telling you ‘I have not had an opportunity. This is what I can do if you give me the chance. Give me the chance to play.”
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After our elimination from the Europa League last Thursday, I did not think Vinicius would get more than a couple of cameos off the bench for the remainder of the season.
So I was surprised to see Jose hand him a start at Villa Park and the Brazilian certainly did well enough to keep his place in the side. However, I expect him to go back to the bench when Son Heung-min min is back from his injury.
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