Jose Mourinho needed a late flurry of goals to see his Tottenham Hotspur side into the next round of the FA Cup on Monday night.
Spurs went behind to Championship strugglers Wycombe Wanderers in the 25th minute when Fred Onyedinma slotted past Joe Hart before Gareth Bale levelled things right before the break.
The game then looked to be heading for extra time and potentially penalties until the Premier League giants finally turned it on with minutes to spare as Harry Winks and a Tanguy Ndombele brace in the final six minutes sealed the victory.
Indeed, Mourinho needed to turn to several of his key stars on the bench, namely Harry Kane, Heung-min Son and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to get the job done, so it wasn’t a good look for the fringe starters who struggled to break down a faltering second-tier outfit.
That was certainly the case for Carlos Vinicius as the back-up striker endured a nightmare evening. He lasted only 58 minutes before the Portuguese boss turned to his talismanic goalscorer, and it was hardly a surprise, either.
The 25-year-old was barely involved in that hour, recording just 28 touches, which was the fewest of any Spurs starter, including the goalkeeper, Hart (30), per SofaScore.
To make his performance even worse, the Brazilian frontman only made eight passes at an appalling accuracy rate of 47%, again the worst of any of Mourinho’s starters. Even the substitutes managed more in less time, apart from Joe Rodon, who came on in injury time.
Vinicius was a mere bystander at times and when he did get the chance to do something, he was ineffective or wasteful as seen above. Indeed, he also lost possession 14 times, meaning he handed the ball back to the Chairboys, on average, once every two touches and once every four minutes he was on the pitch, per SofaScore.
Both Alasdair Gold at football.london and the Evening Standard’s Dan Kilpatrick graded him as Spurs’ worst player in their post-match rating columns, the latter added that he: “Offered limited goal threat and was hooked by Mourinho before the hour in another frustrating outing.”
It was only in the last round of this competition that he looked electric, bagging a 13-minute hat-trick against Marine. Well, his display on Monday was a stark contrast and one that ultimately let Mourinho down as he trusted him to start over Kane.
The fact that the Englishman was needed to come off the bench when Spurs have a tough game against defending champions Liverpool on Thursday night, won’t have pleased the boss one bit and the fact he had to bring Kane on shows that he was badly let down by Vinicius.
Valued at €30m (£27m) by CIES, Vinicius has a lot left to prove if Spurs are to pull the trigger on his €45m (£40m) buyout clause. Passenger-like performances like that will do him no favours whatsoever.
AND in other news, Spurs can finally find a long-term option in £20m “special player”…