Gus Poyet has told Sky Sports that the signing of Gedson Fernandes on loan from Benfica is a wake-up call for Tottenham Hotspur’s players, especially those in Gedson’s natural position of central midfield.
Gedson, 21, has joined Tottenham on an 18-month loan deal with a view to a permanent £43million move at the end of the 2020-21 campaign. English-speaking Fernandes’ parents live in north London, making a deal easy to orchestrate.
The two-time Portugal international has clocked up 59 senior appearances for Benfica, impressing in many outings. He has also scored three goals in that time, one of those coming against Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
Speaking to Sky Sports, former Spurs star Poyet believes the signing of Fernandes is a wake-up call for the rest of the Tottenham squad. He also stated that he feels Fernandes is a good signing, and that the youngster has a big future.
“Good signing, he’s young, he’s got plenty of future,” Poyet said. “There have been many things happening in the middle of the park at Spurs in the last few months. I’m sure they’re trying to look for some energy in there, some new players.
“Remember in football, like in any company, when you bring in someone new, everyone shakes a little bit. They need to wake up a little bit. It’s definitely a wake-up call for the rest of the players and those in the middle of the park.”
TBR’s view – Could Fernandes be a good signing for Tottenham?
With Moussa Sissoko sidelined through injury, Fernandes was more needed than a luxury signing. The Portugal international plays a lot like Sissoko with his driving forward runs and somewhat surprising strength when in possession.
He is still very raw but Fernandes has connections with north London and can already speak English, something which foreign players struggle with to begin with. Over time, and under Jose Mourinho, he has the potential to reallt prosper.