Vinicius offers exciting promise as striker seals Tottenham loan move

Date published: Friday 2nd October 2020 8:55 - Jonny Whitfield

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Tottenham have ended their search for a new striker after announcing the arrival of Carlos Vinicius on loan from Benfica.

The 25-year-old Brazilian will complete the campaign with Spurs, who have a to-buy option worth around £40million.

Vinicius was joint-top goalscorer in Portugal’s Primeira Liga last season with 18 goals in 32 matches.

His signing means Tottenham finally have another forward on their books to ease the workload on Harry Kane, something they have been without since Fernando Llorente left the club last summer.

Speaking in a video on Tottenham’s Twitter account, Vinicius promised to help bring silverware back to Spurs.

“I wanted to say to everyone that together we’ll taste success,” he said.

“I’m here to join this family to share your joy and bring home silverware.”

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Tottenham’s official confirmation comes after Benfica made a statement about the deal on Thursday night. Boss Jose Mourinho was desperate to sign a striker this transfer window after failing to do so in January.

Vinicius scored 24 goals and laid on 13 others in 49 appearances overall for Benfica. His move to Portugal came in 2019 after he spent the 2018/19 campaign on two separate loan spells while on Napoli’s books.

However his stock initially rose after his spell at Portuguese side Real Sporte in the 2017/18 season. He scored 20 times and laid on another five goals in 33 appearances.

Vinicius will support a goal-hungry Kane who has started the season in excellent fashion. The England captain has scored six goals and notched six assists in just seven games.

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However Vinicius will also add to the depth of options Mourinho now has at his disposal.

As well as his two strikers, Lucas Moura, Steven Bergwijn and Son Heung-min are also options at the top of the pitch.

However Mourinho is unsure whether Son will shake off a hamstring injury in time to face Manchester United on Sunday.

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