Kevin Phillips was blown away by the performance of Carlos Vinicius for Tottenham in the Europa League.
The former Sunderland and West Brom striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, said that it is a “fantastic” for Jose Mourinho that he has a centre-forward capable of providing cover for Harry Kane this season.
Vinicius grabbed two assists on his debut for Spurs, starting in a 3-0 win over Austrian side LASK in the group stages of the Europa League.
Star striker Harry Kane was rested for the European tie, the England captain’s nine appearances this season yielding 10 goals and eight assists.
Phillips insists that Mourinho has to “be clever” with his management of Son Heung-min and Kane.
“Vinicius looks like he is capable of taking the strain off of Harry Kane,” he told Football Insider.
“We have already had the hoorah between Southgate and Mourinho during the internationals.
“It is great, certainly in the early stages of the Europa League, to have a ready-made replacement. It is vital to have that.
“Mourinho needs to be clever with Kane and Son. You have to manage these players right and the league is very important to Spurs even though the Europa League is a great competition.
“Vinicius stepped in and stepped up. He did well and that is a fantastic sign for Tottenham.
“If Harry was to get injured at least Vinicius has had a taste of first team football in a Spurs shirt. Good signs for Tottenham.”
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