Kevin Phillips has heaped praise on Tottenham striker Carlos Vinicius for how he has adapted to being Harry Kane’s deputy.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the legendary former Premier League striker insisted Jose Mourinho will be “absolutely delighted” with the 25-year-old’s attitude.
Vinicius has been limited to just 12 minutes of Premier League action since his summer loan move from Benfica.
Spurs paid the Portuguese side a £2.7million loan fee and have the option to make the deal permanent for £40.83million next summer.
The Brazilian started Spurs’ first four Europa League group games but missed the trip to LASK on Thursday night with an injury.
Mourinho revealed on Wednesday that both Vinicius and Kane would miss the game against the Austrian side but there is a “chance” they will both be fit for Sunday’s north London derby.
Asked by Football Insider what he made of Vinicius start to life in England, Phillips said: “Vinicius has done extremely well since he has come in because it is difficult at Spurs. You only get the odd game because Kane plays every minute.
“He has been patient and taken his opportunities when they have come which speaks volumes for the player.
“Mourinho will be absolutely delighted to have him in his ranks and absolutely delighted that he is not causing any issues.”
Vinicius scored twice for Tottenham in their 4-0 win over Ludogrets last Thursday night, his first goals for the club.
He has also contributed three assists in Europe, including two on his Lilywhites debut against LASK in October.
In other Tottenham news, Gabriel Agbonlahor has been left extremely worried for a Spurs star who started v LASK on Thursday night.