Some Tottenham fans on social media admitted that they were pleased with what they saw from Carlos Vinicius when he came on at half-time against Brighton and stated that the striker’s display was one of the very few positives from Sunday’s game.
With Harry Kane unavailable, Jose Mourinho decided to start with a front three of Son Heung-min, Gareth Bale and Steven Begwijn.
The Tottenham boss admitted after the game that he started with those three as he wanted to allow Son to make his trademark runs in-behind and believed that Bale and Bergwijn could pick out the South Korean’s bursts.
However, Spurs were non-existent as an attacking force in the first half as Brighton had no problems dealing with some of the away side’s aimless longballs.
With his side 1-0 down at the interval, Mourinho decided to bring Vinicius on and the Brazilian provided a physical presence up front that pinned some of the Seagulls defenders back and allowed the likes of Bergwijn and Son a bit more space in the final third.
While some Tottenham fans praised Vinicius’ display on Sunday, others were left scratching their heads as to why the 25-year-old did not start.
Next game – got to start Vinicius. We looked so much better with him on the pitch. He’s quality. Got the attributes we need. Him with Son and Bale either side has potential.
— harry kane spam account (@lovespursh8poch) February 1, 2021
The only positive you can take from that shit show was Vinicius actually looked good though no one would pass it him ffs
— jamie90 (@jme_900) January 31, 2021
Vinicius has looked bright tbf. 100% should've started
— DC ⚽️ (@davYidc89) January 31, 2021
Vinicius the only player that looked like scoring but didn’t start, what a shocking decision to not start him.
— Zidan (@zidanthfc) January 31, 2021
Positives? Vinicius looked OK (should have started, should start the next one). Toby was generally good and is clearly still our best CB (how/why has he been sitting the bench). Literally that’s it though.
— Paul King (@onlyonepk) January 31, 2021
Vinicius looked somewhat positive after he came on, but we didn’t start him. Y’know, our only fit natural ST. Madness.
— Matt (@MattNewman94) January 31, 2021
What’s the point of having Vinicius if he isn’t starting when Kane is injured? Is bale finished as a top level footballer? He looked well off the pace! Did team lack belief because Kane wasn’t playing?
— Stuart THFC (@stustar1984) January 31, 2021
Playing Son at striker over Vinicius today would make 0 sense
With the way we play the striker needs to be good at holding up the ball, linking up play, and passing
Son isn’t particularly good at any of that whereas Vini’s linkup play has looked good in limited action so far
— Joe #EnicOut (@_JoeGTHFC) January 31, 2021
Vinicius came on and improved us. He gave us a focal point and he gave Brighton something to think about in the box. Looked relatively bright yes not amazing BUT
100% has to start against Chelsea. https://t.co/G2mu7OB7ix
— Spurz (@Spursylad10) February 1, 2021
@SpursOfficial start Dele and Vinicius against Chelsea
— oh (@itsthabobruh) February 1, 2021
For the second time in two games Mourinho got his starting line up horribly wrong. Needs to abandon this 3 at the back shit and start Vinicius against Chelsea. #thfc
— Big Robz (@Big_RobzTHFC) January 31, 2021
Spurs Web Opinion
Given our inability to build play from the back, not having a player up front who can hold the ball up takes a lot away from our game. However, I am sure that Mourinho will start Vinicius against Chelsea and we will likely have very little of the ball and look to play more direct on Thursday.
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