Mourinho pinpoints why Vinicius hasn’t made PL start for Spurs

Jose Mourinho thinks Carlos Vinicius needs to improve the physical side of his game if he wants to start in the Premier League for Spurs.

The Brazilian started for Tottenham as they hammered Ludogorets 4-0 on Thursday night, with Harry Winks and Lucas Moura the other goalscorers.

Vinicius now has two goals and three assists in four Europa League appearances for Spurs but has only made one appearance off the substitute bench in the Premier League.

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And following Vinicius’ performance in Europe, Mourinho praised his striker but urged him to become “more physical” to gain a place in his Premier League starting XI.

The Spurs boss said: “He is not playing a lot, especially in Premier League but he helped us to win the game at West Bromwich and in Europa League he is doing okay and adapting. Today was good that he scored an important goal.

“The second one is 75 per cent Dele’s goal, but then in the second half he assists Lucas for his goal. He is a big boy, a strong boy and needs to be more physical in the Premier League but I am happy.

“It is good for the team to have that because for example last season, if Harry Kane needed a rest – we couldn’t and because Vinicius is here, the squad is much more balanced.”



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