Former Tottenham midfielder Michael Brown has said that the Lilywhites have done some smart business by securing the services of Gedson Fernandes from Benfica.

Spurs announced on Wednesday that they had signed the 21-year-old on an 18-month loan deal with an option to make the deal permanent.

The move comes on the back of a poor six months for Fernandes in which he failed to play regularly for Benfica.

A lot of people in Portugal were really excited about the young midfielder’s talent when he first broke into the Benfica team but his form has dropped considerably in recent months.

Some have questioned Tottenham’s decision to sign Fernandes, given the midfielder’s recent form as well as the club’s need for reinforcements in other areas of the squad (ESPN FC).

However, Michael Brown believes the Portuguese international is exactly the type of player Spurs would have wanted, given his undoubted potential.

While he admitted that the youngster had a lot to prove in the Premier League, he pointed out how it was a risk-free deal for Levy since it was a loan.

Speaking to The Transfer Show on Sky Sports (13/01/20 at 7:25 pm), Brown said, “It’s a strange one (Gedson Fernandes deal) to come so late but you can see why they have done it with no Sissoko. But they still have many players in there. Lo Celso, Ndombele and Harry Winks. What is going to happen with him [Winks]?

“You would have expected Jose Mourinho to have made some signings, yes there is the Portuguese connection and he’s come in later to take another one. He won’t be afraid to spend Daniel Levy’s money. I think the 18 months loan deal will work very, very well for Spurs.

“This might be a perfect deal for Spurs and Daniel Levy as we know he likes to have full control. And with 18 months, he has a lot to improve as a young player to come to the Premier League.

“That’s a big test for him. Can he take that on? Can he show everyone what he has got? And obviously try and get a better fee, so it probably works all-round for the structure of the fee.”

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Mourinho would certainly know Fernandes well and since he has obviously sanctioned this transfer, I trust in the Spurs head coach to get the best out of him. However, it will likely take some time for the youngster to get used to the league and we might not see the best of him until the start of next season.

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