Carlos Vinicius is set to return to Benfica after unsuccessful loan

Tottenham face ANOTHER striker conundrum in the summer transfer window as Harry Kane’s back-up Carlos Vinicius is likely to return to Benfica following an unsuccessful stint with the club

  • Carlos Vinicius joined Tottenham in October to provide back-up to Harry Kane
  • Spurs had the option of buying him for £36million when his loan spell ends
  • He’s struggled for game time and been left out of three of the last four squads 
  • He’s only scored one Premier League goal from nine appearances for the side
  • Vinicius was the Primeira Liga’s top scorer last season, netting 18 times 

Tottenham are braced for another transfer window of trying to find a willing and able striker back-up to Harry Kane, as Carlos Vinicius is set to return to Benfica when his loan spell ends.

The 26-year-old joined Spurs in October on a year-long loan deal with the option of buying him for £36million, and the club thought they’d finally found a protege for Harry Kane.

But the striker has failed to make an impact and, according to Sky Sports, the club will not be expecting to trigger that deal, and are looking elsewhere. 

Carlos Vinicius is set to return to Benfica after scoring one goal in nine league appearances

With 10 goals in 22 appearances for the club, the Brazilian’s goalscoring return hasn’t been too bad, but only one of them has come from nine league appearances. He’s been left out of three of the last four matchday squads, including the Carabao Cup final.

He will be welcomed back at Benfica, where he scored 18 goals in 32 appearances for the side last season on his way to being the league’s top scorer.

It’s believed that Tottenham’s recruiting plans haven’t been affected by Jose Mourinho’s departure, and the hunt for a new striker remains the priority.

To make matters worse, Harry Kane’s own future at the club remains uncertain after going another season without lifting a trophy.  

Vinicius (left) has struggled to provide adequate back-up for Harry Kane (right) in the league

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