Paul Robinson has claimed Carlos Vinicius “went missing” for Tottenham at St. James’ Park and was unsurprised to see him brought off at half time.
The former White Hart Lane number one, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 26-year-old was a shadow of himself having impressed in the 2-0 win at Aston Villa last time out.
Vinicius completed just three of six attempted passes – the least of any player who started the game – before being replaced by Son Heung-min at the interval. (Sofascore)
Jose Mourinho’s side went on to draw the game 2-2, as they missed the chance to leapfrog Chelsea into the top-four.
A loan signing from Benfica last summer, Vinicius has scored 10 goals in 22 appearances this season.
When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of the Brazilian striker’s performance, Robinson said:
“I didn’t think Son would be fit enough to start, so I expected Vinicius to play.
“He was very impressive last month, he did very well against Aston Villa but let’s be honest he went missing against Newcastle.
“It was no surprise to see him get brought off. He didn’t really get into the game at all.
“He was ineffective against Newcastle and Kane was the only one that carried a real threat going forward early on, it was disappointing.”
Football Insider understands the club will not take up their £38million option to sign Vinicius on a permanent deal at the end of the season.
He is set to return to Benfica where he has three years left on his contract.