Carlos Vinicius has revealed that he was close to a return to Tottenham Hotspur this summer
The Brazilian was acquired from Benfica last season on loan by Jose Mourinho as he wanted to add quality reinforcements to the frontline. Harry Kane was the only out-and-out centre-forward, and given that Spurs were competing in four competitions, a backup striker was useful.
Vinicius was also used to a certain extent as he made 24 appearances and went on to score 10 goals and provide a further 3 assists in the same period. However, he could not prove his talent in the Premier League as most of his goal contributions came in the Europa League and the FA Cup.
Regardless, Spurs were apparently eyeing to sign him up this summer but failed to get a deal over the line before the end of the transfer window. Vinicius told website Zero Zero (h/t The Sun):
“Yes, at times Tottenham wanted to, but they ended up not being able to. Regarding Kane, no comment is needed. He is a great striker. For me, he’s among the top three strikers today.
“I’m glad I learned so much even though I was his substitute. In that situation, you only have two options: either let go or learn. And in the minutes they give you, prove your worth. That’s the one I chose. I took advantage, gave my best, proved my worth, and I believe the Tottenham staff, including the fans, liked it.”
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Tottenham, on the other hand, still have only Harry Kane as the recognized centre-forward and lack a backup or a deputy to cover for him. Thus, it remains to be seen if Fabio Paratici and co. target any other striker in the near future.