Spurs have five Premier League matches of the season left, and it remains to be seen whether Harry Kane will be able to play the full 90 minutes in all of them as he looked a little off the pace in the Carabao Cup final after returning from an ankle injury picked up against Everton earlier this month.
He limped out of the clash at Goodison Park and that left Vinicius as the only other out-and-out striker in the squad, although he didn’t get the nod to start in Kane’s absence against Southampton.
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Ryan Mason will be looking to make it two wins out of two in the Premier League when he leads the side against already-relegated Sheffield United in the capital on Sunday evening, and it could be the ideal opportunity to give Vinicius some increased minutes.
Roberts was asked about Spurs’ transfer plans this summer and was quizzed on whether the club would need to buy a back-up striker for Kane in the summer.
Vinicius, of course, is on loan from Benfica and has scored 10 goals in 24 outings for Spurs this season, though only one of those strikes has come in the league.
Speaking exclusively to TIF, Roberts outlined his hope that the 26-year-old nets a hat-trick against the Sheffield United as a way of potentially convincing the club to buy him permanently.
He said: “Well, it all depends. He might come in for Harry and score a hat-trick. We’ll see!”