Benfica have lost yet another player to the English Premier League, albeit temporarily. Very recently, defender Ruben Dias secured a move to Manchester City. And this time, it is striker Carlos Vinicius.
The Brazilian forward will be moving to Tottenham on an initial loan deal with an option to buy. Spurs will reportedly pay a €3 million loan fee and have an option to buy for €45 million next summer. Vinicius is due for medical checks in London on Friday, ahead of the proposed move.
Spurs manager Jose Mourinho has long wanted an efficient and recognised backup to star hitman Harry Kane. And after numerous links with Arkadiusz Milik, Andrea Belotti, Josh King and Wout Weghorst, they have zeroed in on Carlos Vinicius.
But what is it that this player brings to the table and offers differently? For starters, Vinicius has excellent mobility and pace which will see him prove to be a handful for PL defenders. He is often seen drifting to the flanks to leave spaces in the middle and can also deliver good crosses at times. With a height of 190cm, he is also a potent threat to win aerial duels for link-up play in the attacking third and score header goals.
Vinicius also has a devastating left foot which he uses to good effect. With the ability to switch it around, his shots are mostly powerful and curled – testing and beating the goalkeeper more often than not.
Vinicius joined Benfica in the 2018/19 season from Napoli. He had previously been loaned out to Monaco and Rio Ave for more game-time. After a successful season, he did not disappoint for Benfica. The striker scored 18 goals from 33 appearances in the league.
Therefore, Mourinho will be hoping that ahead of an exhausting yet pulsating season with a lot of games, Carlos Vinicius is the impact substitute that can give an extra edge to Tottenham’s gameplay and results.
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