Jose Mourinho has revealed that Tottenham’s latest addition Gedson Fernandes will be involved in the squad against Watford and claimed he’s been signed for his versatility.
Spurs travel to Vicarage Road on Saturday to face Watford in the Premier League and will be hoping to bridge the nine-point gap to the Champions League positions.
The North London club signed Fernandes on Wednesday from Benfica on an 18-month loan deal, which includes the option to sign him permanently at the end of it (BBC).
Fernandes arrives from Benfica with great potential and he’s a skilful player that is a great dribbler of the ball.
The 21-year-old has the versatility to play in wide areas with his pace, but is usually deployed in a central midfield role.
Mourinho has confirmed that the Portuguese youngster could be thrown straight into the action against Watford and has also explained why he’s addition is so vital.
“This weekend they can expect him to be involved, starting or not but for sure involved in the team. When you get players in January, normally it’s because you need. And we need. because we lost important players for long time so we need his contribution,” Mourinho said, as quoted by Football.London.
“Young player, yes, just arrived in a new country, yes, but at the same time has experienced of playing for a big club. Has played already big matches, for instance Bayern Munich and Galatasaray away in the Champions League. Europa League quarter-finals, so he’s used to a high level of stress, pressure, responsibility.
“He’s a kid that can play different positions in midfielder, even wide on the right if we need. We got him for his multi-functionality. He’s what I used to call a special loan. He’s not a three month loan and goodbyes. One-and-a-half year loan when he’ll have time to develop, and who knows if he doesn’t stay here for a number of years.”
Mourinho’s comments suggest that he views Fernandes as potentially an important player moving forward at Spurs and he could be given a good chance to try cement a spot in the centre of the park.
It is one area of the pitch that they have looked a little lightweight this campaign and nobody is really seizing control of the position.
Fernandes may need a little time adjusting to the pace and power of Premier League football, but it’s a fair point that he has played in some top level games already and has been given a potential confidence boost by Mourinho.