'Another Janssen' - Pundit Exclusive: Tottenham told not to sign Vinicius permanently
Tottenham would be making a mistake by converting Carlos Vinicius’ loan deal into a permanent transfer, according to Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aston Villa and England striker pointed to the example of Vincent Janssen as a big-money striker Spurs have signed in the past who was not at the required level.
Vinicius moved to north London from Benfica in September for a £2.7million loan fee and Tottenham have the option to make the deal permanent for a further £40.83million, as revealed by the Portuguese club.
The 25-year-old has scored six goals in 12 games for Tottenham but that includes a hat-trick against non-league side Marine in the FA Cup third round.
He has been limited to just 24 minutes of Premier League action across four substitute appearances and is yet to start in the league.
Against Wycombe Wanderers in the FA Cup fourth round, he was replaced by Harry Kane before the hour mark with Tottenham being held 1-1 before eventually winning 4-1.
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Asked by Football Insider whether that was a sign Vinicius may not earn a permanent transfer, Agbonlahor said: “I don’t see that happening.
“He’s a good player but you look at strikers that Spurs have had in the past like Janssen. I don’t think Spurs will want to be stuck with a striker who is not at that level.
“I don’t see them making that permanent.”
Vinicius ended last season as the joint top goalscorer in Portugal’s Primeira Liga with 18 goals in 32 appearances.
In his only full season with Benfica, he found the net 24 times in 47 games across all competitions.