Micky Hazard has told Love Sport Radio that he believes new Tottenham Hotspur signing Gedson Fernandes will be a success at Spurs, after the Portugal international joined the club on an 18-month loan deal this week.
Fernandes, 21, had been linked with moves to Everton, West Ham and Chelsea but ultimately picked Spurs – with the Portuguese connection of Jose Mourinho proving crucial. Fernandes’ parents also live in north London.
The loan deal, which will see Fernandes remain as a temporary player at Spurs until the end of the 2020-21 season, can be made permanent at for a fee of £43million. It is not an obligation, though – only an option.
Spurs icon Hazard who remains a loyal follower of his old club, commented on the signing of Fernandes and believes he will be a success under Mourinho at Tottenham – but is hopeful that he is not the only recruit Spurs land this month.
“It’s certainly a signing we needed to make with the injuries we’ve got, hopefully it’s not the end of signings because as we touched on with Harry we need cover for him,” Hazard said.
“I’ve read reports and got good feelings for him, he’s coming into a good squad of players, that in itself should be enough to motivate you and get better. I’m certain he’ll be a success at our club as he can play, I’m very hopeful for him.”
TBR’s view – Should Fernandes feature against Watford?
Spurs travel to in-form Watford on Saturday and will be favourites to pick up three points, though Neil Pearson’s side will be confident after picking up 13 points from their last five Premier League matches.
Mourinho confirmed in his press conference that Fernandes will be involved in the matchday squad, but it is likely to be soon for the midfielder to start. Indeed, a place on the bench is likely to come the new signing’s way.