'Big Step' - Exclusive: Phillips reacts after Tottenham complete £30m+ signing
Kevin Phillips claimed that new Tottenham signing Carlos Vinicius “knows where the back of the net is” but will have to get used to life on the bench.
The 2000 European Golden Shoe winner, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, said that while it is a “big step up” for the 25-year-old he will be be given lots of time to settle with Harry Kane at the club.
Spurs confirmed on Friday that they had signed the striker on an initial season-long loan for a fee of £2.7million, with the option to make the transfer permanent for £36million.
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Vinicius scored 24 goals in 47 appearances last season and was the joint top scorer in the Primeira Liga with 18 goals.
Phillips warned the Brazilian that he will have to get used to sitting on the bench with Kane for competition.
“It will be a challenge for him coming to the Premier League,” he told Football Insider.
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“Of course, he has been brought in as a backup striker because nobody is pushing Harry Kane out of that side any time soon. He is going to have to get used to sitting on the bench, it is as simple as that.
“They are bringing in a player that knows where the back of the net is. It is an area that they needed to strengthen in because Kane was their only out-and-out striker.
“When his opportunity comes let’s hope he takes it.
“It is a big step up but the pressure will not be on him straight away. He can find his feet on the training ground because Harry Kane will take the limelight away from him.
“One thing you know from those statistics is that he knows where the back of the net is.”
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