Gedson Fernandes has become Jose Mourinho’s first signing at Tottenham. The 21-year-old Benefica midfielder has confirmed a £3.8 million loan move with an option of £40 million permanent transfer move.
Fernandes was widely expected to join West Ham on loan but the Portuguese manage swooped the talented youngster from the neighbours.
Jose Mourinho was bent to sign the youngster because of unforeseen injuries to two of his preferred midfielders: Tanguy Ndombele and Moussa Sissoko. The absence of these two regulars made it obvious for a new midfielder to chip in.
Full name: Gedson Carvalho Fernandes
Date of birth: 9 January 1999
Place of birth: São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe
Height: 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position: Midfielder
The Portuguese international plays as a midfielder and has been a part of every under-age National football team since he was 15. He has also been a part of the senior two for two games already.
He was also a part of Under-17 Portugal team that won UEFA European Under17 Championship. He joined Benfica B team in the year 2017 where he played 40 games before joining Benfica in 2018.
The youth product of Benfica since 2009, Fernandes was destined to join a big club, given his talent and professionalism. He has risen up the ranks with consistent performances and hard work ethic.
He is a versatile midfielder who mainly plays in the centre of the midfield but is capable to create wonders by working in the right or the left flank of the field whenever required. Not only that, the youngster can also play as a second striker and at times as an attacking midfielder. He is still raw and young with a lot of learnings in the coming yet has the experience of playing in the Champions League for Benefica.
The 21-year-old is an Eriksen alike midfielder who is strong in wriggling past the defenders and tackling them whenever needed. And with the Danish captain on the verge of leaving; signing of Fernandes come in a good time.
He is a young player that can build a strong team now as well as one in the future. He has already shown his excitement to join Tottenham Hotspur on twitter and other social media handles but what will be exciting to see is whether Mourinho plays him or not.
— Hotspur Related (@HotspurRelated) January 16, 2020
Even without the likes of Moussa Sissoko and Tanguy Ndombele, Spurs have aplenty of midfielder at their disposal with Lo Celso and Erik Lamela claiming chances with both hands. Last night was a perfect example of how badly these two want to perform.
The youngster from Benefica may not feature for the North London club this season but will surely be groomed by the management for the season to come.