Darren Bent has tipped Jose Mourinho to give the green light for Tottenham to make Carlos Vinicius’ loan move permanent.
The former Spurs and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the Portuguese boss will have seen enough from the 25-year-old to convince him the Benfica loanee is worth keeping as competition for Harry Kane.
Benfica confirmed back in October that Tottenham had paid an initial £2.7million (€3million) and had a £40.9million (€45million) optional purchase clause to sign the Brazilian permanently.
Vinicius, who has started four times – all in the Europa League – in six appearances for Spurs, has scored three times and chipped in with a further three assists.
Bent admitted that any striker would be a “drop off” in terms of quality from Harry Kane but insisted the loanee had shown enough to earn a permanent move to north London.
“He’s come in, he’s learning his role – he knows his role is to back up to Harry Kane, he knows he’s not going to out him yet, but he knows full well that when he gets in there, he needs to do the business,” Bent told Football Insider.
“I think every time he’s played in the Europa League, other than one game, it might have been against LASK where they drew 3-3 and he wasn’t great, other than that, he’s come in and played well.
“He’s led the line really well so I think Mourinho will look at it and go: ‘Well yeah, I wouldn’t mind keeping him around.’ There’s a drop off between him and Harry Kane but that’s gonna be the same for any striker that goes in at Spurs.”
Vinicius has made just one Premier League appearance so far for Spurs in a 12-minute cameo against West Brom.
Kane has been in lethal form this season with 15 goals and 13 assists in 19 appearances.