Emile Heskey is backing a potential move to Wolverhampton Wanderers for Tottenham Hotspur loanee Carlos Vinicius, speaking exclusively to HITC.
We can’t imagine that the Benfica-owned centre-forward was too disappointed to see Jose Mourinho pack up his things and head for the exit on Monday.
Mourinho might have been the coach who brought Vinicius to England in the first place but, with just three Premier League starts to his name this season, it is fair to say the 26-year-old Brazilian has not exactly taken the British game by storm.
Not that he’s been given the chance to do so, of course.
Vinicius was left out of the matchday squad altogether for Friday’s 2-2 draw with Everton; Mourinho’s final game at the helm.
The Mail reports that, with Tottenham unwilling to pay the £39 million fee required to turn Vinicius’s loan deal into a permanent transfer, Wolves could yet swoop in and offer the one-time Monaco front man a fresh start.
Given that neither Willian Jose nor Fabio Silva have set the world alight in Raul Jimenez’s injury-enforced absence, Heskey feels a move to Molineux would allow Vinicius to showcase his talents on a more regular basis.
“100 per cent (Vinicius should go to Wolves). He’ll go in there and really start putting pressure on players for a starting place. He’s actually a really good player; holding the ball up, get the ball into the box and he’s willing to attack it,” the former England international explains.
“I think it would be a good fit for Wolves. They need to freshen up a bit. It’s a tough one when you lose Jimenez and you’re asking others, who probably don’t have the same sort of style or aggression when it comes to attacking the ball, it’s tough.
“Vinicius has got that (energy) in abundance so I’m sure he would be a plus for Wolves.”
An aggressive, all-action centre-forward with no shortage of energy or enthusiasm, Vinicius’s goal-scoring record is hard to argue with.
The striker has found the net 10 times in 23 matches for Tottenham and even claimed the Primeira Liga Golden Boot in 2019/20.
The Mail reports that Wolves are keen on a permanent deal, although they are unwilling to pay more than £26 million.