Carlos Vinicius will be very relieved to get his first Tottenham goals as he has a “vitally important” role to play in the second half of the season.
That is the view of former England full-back Danny Mills speaking exclusively to Football Insider about what can be expected from the 25-year-old in what will be a busy season for Spurs.
The Portugal international grabbed a brace and an assist in Tottenham’s 4-0 victory over Ludogrets in the Europa League on Thursday night.
But he was then an unused substitute in Sunday’s goalless draw at Chelsea and has only played 12 minutes of Premier League football since completing a loan move from Benfica in September.
Spurs are now top of their Europa League group with two games left to play and are also in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup.
With the Lilywhites facing a busy period Mills claimed it was vital Vinicius broke his goalscoring duck.
He told Football Insider: “The early games in cup competitions with Tottenham playing really well allows him to get a run of games and give Harry Kane a rest.
“He’s going to be vitally important. Squad rotation is going to be key in keeping players and keeping players fit in this congested season.
“A player coming in and getting a couple of goals early on just settles the nerves a little bit and makes him a little bit more relaxed.
“For any striker to go into a new club you’re always thinking ‘I’ve got to get off the mark’ and when you go two, three, four, five or six games you go a bit tense in front of goal and they start to snatch at it.
“The fact that he’s now scored will be a relief for him.”
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