Darren Bent has tipped Tottenham striker Carlos Vinicius to be dropped in favour of Harry Kane against Burnley tonight.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs and England striker said the 25-year-old will get plenty of opportunities to impress for his new club in Europe.
Vinicius provided two assists on a sparkling Tottenham debut in their 3-0 win against LASK in the Europa League group stage on Thursday night.
The Brazilian joined the club in September on a season-long loan deal from Benfica for a £3million loan fee with Spurs having an option to make the deal permanent for £45million next summer.
Asked by Football Insider how Vinicius would mentally cope with being in and out of the team, Bent said: “He’ll understand, he’s got to.
“I had the same situation at Tottenham as well, I had Berbatov, Keane and Defoe in front of me. You know full well even if you play really well midweek in a cup competition and scored a hattrick or two that these guys are coming straight back into the team.
“You’ve just got to stay positive and I know it’s easier said than done but you’ve just got to.
“You know full well that those guys are going straight back into the squad and himself he’ll know before he signed.
“Mourinho will have been honest and said ‘listen, Harry Kane is one of the best forwards in world football and unfortunately he’s our main man, you’ll get minutes as his backup’.
“Fair play to Vinicius he’s probably said to himself ‘That’s fair enough, I’ll bide my time and when I do get the opportunity, I’ll get chance to play’.
“You think about the squad they’ve got remember they’re in a lot of competitions, there’s a lot of games to be played so I’m sure Vinicius will get more than enough game time.”
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