Paul Robinson has hailed Tottenham loanee Carlos Vinicius as a “great signing” after he scored his first goals for the club.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Spurs and England goalkeeper claimed there would be little panic if the Brazilian needs to step up if Harry Kane picks up an injury.
The 25-year-old has been limited to just 12 minutes of Premier League action since his arrival from Benfica but has featured in all four of their Europa League group games.
He scored a brace and provided an assist in the Lilywhites’ 4-0 win over Ludogrets on Thursday night.
“He’s just a great signing, an all-round good signing,” Robinson told Football Insider.
“People talk about getting a replacement for Harry Kane when Kane’s not fit.
“But Jose made a great point in a press conference, he’s not a replacement for Kane, he gives the manager another option.
“If Kane needs a rest or he wants to play a different formation.
“Vinicius is not there to make up the numbers, he gives the manager another option.
“Kane does not need to play three games in a week, the manager has another option, he can play a different team.
“We saw how many goals he scored in Portugal last year and the amount of goals he’s got in Europe this year for Spurs have shown what a quality player he can be.
“He’s settled in England so quickly. The biggest compliment you can pay him is if a Spurs team sheet came in now and Kane wasn’t on it and Vinicius was playing there would not be a huge reaction.”
Vinicius joined Tottenham on a season-long loan deal in October for a £2.7million fee and they have the option to make the deal permanent for £40.83million.
He scored 18 Liga Nos goals in 32 games for Benfica last term.