Darren Bent has claimed Tottenham striker Carlos Vinicius’ performance in the Europa League on Thursday will mean Harry Kane will finally get the rest he needs.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs and England striker said he was sick of seeing Harry Kane feature in “pointless games”.

Vinicius made his Lilywhites debut against LASK on Thursday night where he provided two assists in their 3-0 win.

 

The Brazilian moved to north London earlier this month, initially signing on a season-long loan from Portuguese side Benfica.

Spurs have paid a £2.7million loan fee and have the option to make the deal permanent for £40.83million next summer.

“The other night against LASK that was a real positive,” Bent told Football Insider.

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“The result was good and the real shining light is that they were able to give Harry Kane that well earned rest he probably needs.

“They’ve now got a centre-forward in Vinicius who can do a really, really good job. I thought he did really well, he was unfortunate to not get his goal and the way he made some assists.

“I think he will be the one to step up for Harry Kane.

“For Mourinho as well it just gives you that other option, instead of tinkering around up top.

“It was nice to see Harry Kane not get any minutes because you’re tired of seeing it in pointless games bringing him on when you need to change it around.

“Now he can take the whole night off.”

Vinicius finished last season as top goalscorer in the Portuguese top-flight with 18 goals.

The 25-year-old scored 21 goals and contributed 12 assists in 43 games across all competitions in his only full season with the European giants.

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