Spurs striker Carlos Vinicius looks set to finally be given an opportunity to impress in the Premier League with Harry Kane set for a spell on the sidelines, and it is an opportunity the Brazilian must take if he wants to stay with the North London club for the long-term.
Kane picked up an ankle injury in the midweek defeat against Liverpool and looks unlikely to feature against Brighton on Sunday evening, meaning Vinicius could be in line for his first Premier League start.
The Brazilian, who joined on loan from Benfica during the summer transfer window, has been limited to just four substitute appearances in the top-flight, totalling 25 minutes so far this season, with the majority of his appearances coming in cup competitions.
The 25-year-old was excellent in Spurs’ Europa League group stage campaign, contributing three goals and three assists in five appearances, resulting in a superb 7.41 average rating.
He also bagged a hattrick in the 5-0 win against Marine in the FA Cup recently, but the extraordinary form of Kane has meant he has perhaps been unfortunate to barely feature in the Premier League.
However, whilst the England captain’s injury is obviously worrying for Spurs, it means fans, and Mourinho, will be able to get a real look at Vinicius to see what he can do in the Premier League, and his performances in the coming games could prove to be the deciding factor in whether or not the Lilywhites opt to make his move permanent in the summer.
Perhaps if he can continue his form from the Europa League in the Premier League, then he could prove to be the Portuguese manager’s saviour, as he attempts to improve their poor form of late.
Spurs hold the option to buy Vinicius, but he will cost more than £40 million if they want to do so, which is a hefty price for someone who has been something of a bench-warmer so far this season.
Therefore, the £18 million-rated Vinicius must seize this rare opportunity to impress, in the hope that he can convince Mourinho he is worth playing alongside Kane when the 27-year-old returns from injury, otherwise, it is difficult to see him staying at Spurs for the long term.