KEY POINTS

  • Tottenham expected to look for new striker after this season
  • Tottenham won't pick up buy option of Vinicius who has struggled with the HotSpur
  • Tottenham will try to find ways to keep Harry Kane who was frustrated after Carabao Cup final loss to Manchester City

Tottenham Hotspur will be checking the market for another striker--with reports that the team will not take up the option to buy Carlos Vinicius.

The Brazilian has struggled to find his mark as part of Tottenham while on loan from Benfica, failing to provide Harry Kane with the needed backing on the pitch.

Vinicius has just scored once in nine English Premier League matches, a poor showing that pundits feel would force the Spurs to look for other available strikers.

Had he performed well, Tottenham had the option to take in the Brazilian permanently. That would have cost the club $50 million, but the performance of Vinicius hardly justified it, Sky Sports reported.

In all, Vinicius has had 10 goals in 22 appearances across all competitions for Tottenham. However, only one of them happened in the Premier League.

The 26-year-old has been left out of three of the last four games of Tottenham, including the Carabao Cup finals.

Thus, Vinicius is expected to return to Benfica, where he was the club’s leading scorer with 18 goals in 32 appearances last season.

It remains to be seen if he will play for the Eagles or be dangled once more on loan.

For Tottenham, securing Kane is the priority right now. After their Carabao Cup finals defeat to Manchester City, the 27-year-old striker was visibly frustrated.

Kane aired some of that after the match despite being named the Premier League Player of the Year.

But as far as he is concerned, Kane wants the bigger prizes available.

"As much as this is great, I want to be winning the biggest team prizes. We're not quite doing that. It's bittersweet, but it is what it is. I'm proud to win [Premier League Player of the Year], it's been a good season on the pitch," Kane stated.

Unless things turn around, Tottenham could have a hard time retaining the English striker.

There is a growing belief that Kane may seek his release if the Spurs fail to qualify for the UEFA Champions League next season.

Carlos Vinicius of Tottenham Hotspur Carlos Vinicius of Tottenham Hotspur Photo: Getty Images | Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA