BBC pundit: Tottenham 25-yr-old so invisible I forget he's even playing
Carlos Vinicius was so invisible for Tottenham against Chelsea that Noel Whelan “forgot” he was still on the pitch.
The BBC pundit and ex-Premier League striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted the loan striker suffered from a chronic lack of support from his teammates.
The Brazilian hitman made his first Premier League start and played the full 90 minutes in the absence of Harry Kane but struggled for goalscoring opportunities during the 1-0 defeat.
As detailed by WhoScored, Vinicius managed just one shot, which itself was off-target, and managed just 21 touches of the ball, less than any other player from either side who started the game.
Whelan admitted it was a night to forget for the Benfica loanee but insisted his teammate had to take responsibility for giving him very little to work with.
“I didn’t even know he was out there at times, Vinicius, but that’s how poor they were going forward, with no intent,” Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.
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“He didn’t get any service out wide, he didn’t get any service in the box, they hardly got forward at times the first-half, Tottenham. I mean it was that poor of an attacking performance.
“The one time he did have that moment where you want a goalscorer, where you expect Harry Kane would be and would have put it in the back of the net, he failed.
“He knew he should have scored, you could see the look on his face, you saw the disappointment when he was on the ground and saw it go wide.
“Again, a striker is only as good as a service again, and he didn’t get enough quality. You can’t really blame Vinicius if he’s not getting those deliveries into the box, those little balls slipped through into him, that support that you need.
“It was miles off on Thursday night until that final 10, 15 minutes of the game so I can’t blame him for that. Collectively, you look at the team and they looked flat, they looked lost on that field.”