Tottenham could break the bank to sign both Carlos Vinicius and Danny Ings — “maybe they need both,” says Noel Whelan.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Premier League star made his comments after this site revealed that Spurs have made contact with Southampton over a potential deal for the 28-year-old centre-forward.
Ings has been in red-hot over the last two campaigns, scoring 29 goals in 51 Premier League matches.
But the three-time England international is not the only option available to Spurs — on-loan Brazillian striker Vinicius could become a permanent Tottenham player if the club chose to the exercise their £40million option to buy.
Whelan believes that Jose Mourinho’s side need to diversify their goal threat, and both players could perform different roles for the team.
Asked if he thought Spurs could spend the money on Ings instead of Vinicius, Whelan told Football Insider: “They could do that or do they need more? Maybe they need both.
“You look at Manchester United, you look at Chelsea, the options that they have in those centre-forward positions. You can’t turn your nose up at having enough strikers because if one player is out of form, you can go to the other.
“If the game is not going right and you’re not getting the joy you expect, you can turn to the bigger striker – now Vinicius isn’t a bigger striker, he’s someone that leads the line but he’s not a Danny Ings.
“They don’t have a Danny Ings at that football club and I think that’s where the difference is and that’s why it’s sometimes worth having those multiple different options.”
Spurs have relied heavily on the magic of Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min over the past two seasons.
No other Spurs players reached double figures since 2018-19 when Lucas Moura scored 15 and Christian Eriksen 10.