Tottenham Hotspur finally managed to bring in a back-up striker in the summer transfer window.
They managed to sign Carlos Vinicius on an initial loan deal from Benfica, finally bringing in some cover for Harry Kane.
Kane, of course, is one of the best strikers in world football and, even with Vinicius in the squad, he is likely to play in every game if he is fit.
But manager Jose Mourinho now has options.
Indeed, Spurs had gone an entire season with Kane as their only out-and-out senior striker after the exit of Fernando Llorente and Vinicius, who is valued at £18m by Transfermarkt, has already been given minutes.
He has played three times in the Europa League, laying on two assists in the 3-0 win over LASK, and made his Premier League debut last time out against West Brom, helping his side to a 1-0 win.
He has been on the bench and also been left out of the squad at various intervals, but Mourinho has now confirmed that he intends to give the 25-year-old the chance to really thrive in north London.
Spurs do not have an obligation to buy the Brazilian in the summer but they are able to trigger a clause to bring him in for £36m.
Speaking to Sportv, as transcribed by Sport Witness, he said: “Vinícius will play many times, he will have the opportunity to prove himself in the Premier League and to convince Tottenham to buy him. If not, he’ll return to Benfica much richer and much more accomplished. This operation is good for all three parties.
“We have two strikers. We don’t have three, four or five. And he’s one of the two. The other is one of the three best strikers in the world and that creates a difficult situation for him. But you can play the two together, there are games where they’ll do it. Alternation is important because Harry cannot do all the games.”
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This will surely be music to the ears of Kane and Spurs fans.
Sometimes the England captain might well be his own worst enemy, as he consistently wants to play in every single game.
But having the option to give him a rest in games in the Europa League and in the cups is a boon to Mourinho and will help him keep his squad as fresh as possible.
The option of playing both together is an intriguing one, too, given that Spurs have so rarely operated with two out-and-out forwards in recent seasons.
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