Hutton drops Vinicius transfer claim after Tottenham teammate sighting
Jose Mourinho has sent a warning to Gareth Bale and Carlos Vinicius about their Tottenham futures by handing Dane Scarlett his Premier League debut.
That is the view of former Tottenham and Scotland defender Alan Hutton who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, believes the loan pair have been nowhere near good enough for the Lilywhites this season.
With the Brazilian striker and Welsh winger on the bench, Mourinho chose to throw 16-year-old Scarlett on for the final minutes of the 2-0 win over West Brom.
Both Vinicius and Bale played in the 1-0 defeat to Brighton at the end of January, while the Benfica loanee led the line in the 1-0 loss to Chelsea last week.
With Spurs holding an optional purchase clause of around £40million for the striker, Hutton believes Scarlett’s runout was a clear message as to how Mourinho feels about the deal.
Speaking about the 16-year-old’s league debut, Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “You just wonder, what’s that saying to the likes of Bale, people like that?
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“That you’ve not been good enough, simple as that. You look at the Brighton game where they played and did nothing really.
“I think Vinicius, he has scored some goals in the Europa League against arguably lesser opposition, we should say, but when given his opportunity within the Premier League, he didn’t look quite look up to scratch.
“He’s on loan as well and is it a £40million-odd option to buy? I mean, if you’re Tottenham, are you sat there thinking he’s done enough. I’m not so sure, so I think if you read between the lines, it’s not great.”
Vinicius has netted six times in 14 appearances for Spurs, although half of his goals came in the FA Cup win over Marine.
He also scored a brace against Ludogorets and rounded off the club’s Europa League group stage campaign with a goal versus Royal Antwerp.