Noel Whelan insists it will be “impossible” for Carlos Vinicius to take Harry Kane’s place at Tottenham but that he will help the England striker.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Premier League hitman insists that the Brazilian’s arrival – he comes their sixth senior summer signing – will help take a lot of pressure off the shoulders of the Spurs talisman.
Tottenham confirmed on Friday they had signed the 26-year-old striker on loan after Football Insider revealed there is a £36million optional purchase clause in place.
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Kane has been Tottenham’s only recognised senior striker since the departure of Fernando Llorente last summer, with the likes of Lucas Moura and Heung-Min Son deployed as makeshift centre forwards.
Whelan believes a new striker was a must and that Vinicius’ record of 24 goals and 13 assists last season is something to get the supporters excited.
Whelan told Football Insider: “It’s exciting, anybody with that amount of assists and goals, there’s a player there.”
“A good player, they needed that strength, they needed that competition there, that was one area that was needed to take a little bit of pressure off Harry Kane and give them options.
“He can’t just be the one leading the line week in, week out, for the whole Premier League season, including cup competitions, he needs that help and I think this will help Harry Kane no end knowing that he’s got someone there, if needed, for backup.
“He’s not going to take Harry Kane’s place, that is just impossible, Harry Kane is probably one of the best strikers in the world, hands down. What it is going to give is options for Jose Mourinho and maybe take a little bit of pressure off Harry Kane as well.”
Kane has already scored six goals and chipped in with another six assists in his seven appearances this season, including a hat-trick against Maccabi Haifa.
He suffered a thigh muscle rupture in January which ruled him out for months last season, although he still managed to net 24 times in 34 games.