Gedson Fernandes has told Tottenham’s official Twitter account that he looks up to Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, and hopes to follow in the Portuguese attacker’s footsteps throughout his career.
Ronaldo, 34, has continued his stunning form this season with 16 goals in 23 league and cup outings. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has 164 caps for Portugal, while Tottenham’s newest signing Fernandes has two.
Spurs have completed their first signing of the January window, taking Benfica star Fernandes on an 18-month loan deal with an option to make the temporary deal a permanent one. The Evening Standard claims there is a £55million permanent clause.
Speaking to Tottenham’s official Twitter account after a move was confirmed by the north London club on Tuesday morning, Fernandes was asked who are his idols – and he responded by stating he wants to follow Cristiano Ronaldo.
“Maybe, Cristiano, because he’s a Portuguese player,” Fernandes said, when asked who he looks up to. “He can break all of the records, he tries to win day by day, so I have to try and follow the same thing.”
TBR’s view – What will Fernandes bring to Tottenham?
In comparision with Tottenham’s other midfielders, Fernandes is probably most similar to Moussa Sissoko but can also score and create goals from midfield. He is happy to run with the ball, and that also allows him to play wide right.
Daniel Levy deserves credit. To land the Portugal cap on an 18-month loan deal for a bargain £3.8million loan fee (Football London) is excellent business. With Moussa Sissoko injured and Tanguy Ndombele struggling, Fernandes is a top signing.