‘Expect him to be involved’ – Mourinho says new Spurs signing will make Watford squad


Tottenham Hotspur finally made their first signing of the Jose Mourinho regime this week as they welcome Gedson Fernandes to the club from Benfica (BBC).

Fernandes joins the Lilywhites on an initial 18-month loan with an option to buy in the summer of 2021.

It seems as if Mourinho will not hang around in terms of getting his new man involved either, as he has now revealed that Fernandes will make the squad this weekend.

Spurs come up against a struggling Watford side in the Premier League as they look to earn their first league win of the new year.

With injuries to Moussa Sissoko and Tanguy Ndombele, as well as Victor Wanyama seemingly out of favour, Mourinho has relied on Eriksen and Winks in recent matches.

A new central midfielder will surely be a welcome addition to help with the fixture congestion, although Mourinho would not reveal whether Fernandes would start or not.

Mourinho said (Football London): “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 a long time so we need his contribution. Young player, yes, just arrived in a new country, yes, but at the same time has experience 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 midfield, 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.”

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