Carlos Vinicius will be desperate to sign for Tottenham permanently after the “incredible” experience of scoring a hat-trick in England.
That is the view of former Premier League manager Alex McLeish who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, believes Jose Mourinho will be delighted with the 25-year-old’s “ruthless” performance against Marine last weekend.
The Brazilian hitman struck a hat-trick against the non-league minnows as Tottenham avoided a potential banana skin to secure their place in the next round of the FA Cup.
It was only Vinicius‘ fifth start for the Lilywhites – all of which have come in cup competitions – and his treble means he now has six goals under his belt in England.
McLeish believes the striker, who has acted as backup to Harry Kane for most of the season, will have impressed Mourinho and done his chances of sealing a permanent move no harm.
“Spurs did their job professionally in the cup, as you would expect against Marine, and they went about the job with great expression and also great commitment,” McLeish told Football Insider.
“Bringing new faces in, it was still a protective team round about the new faces that would help him ease into the game. For him to get a hat-trick, he tried his best to miss a couple, up, he nearly misstepped on one or two but he was so close to the goal line, he couldn’t mess.
“That would, for somebody to get a hat-trick, first-time in one of his first full games, he’s got to be thinking: ‘Oh, I want more of this, I want more of this, incredible, the adulation from the Spurs fans,’ and the Spurs fans will obviously have visions of him doing even more.
“It was only Marine, the good thing about Spurs was – and Jose Mourinho will be delighted – that the players played extremely professionally, went about their business the way they should go, play as if they were playing a Premier League team. They dispatched the opposition with ruthlessness.”
Vinicius’ parent club Benfica confirmed that Tottenham hold an optional purchase clause of £40.8million to turn the striker’s loan move permanent.
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