‘He is a kid’ – Mourinho reveals how Gedson Fernandes is settling into Spurs life

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Gedson Fernandes
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Tottenham Hotspur were very busy in the January transfer window under the stewardship of Jose Mourinho and Daniel Levy.

Not only did the club sign Steven Bergwijn from PSV and make Giovani Lo Celso’s loan from Real Betis permanent, but they also signed Gedson Fernandes on an 18-month loan from Benfica.

So far, the midfield man has had a limited impact in North London, but he has only been at the club for a month and a half and is still only 21-years-old.

In the past two seasons, Fernandes played 59 games for Benfica across all competitions after breaking through their academy system (Wikipedia).

The Portuguese central midfielder has now appeared four times in the Premier League for Spurs, but never for more than 15 minutes (TransferMarkt).

His longest stints on the pitch have come against RB Leipzig in the Champions League and Southampton in the FA Cup, when he played 64 and 56 minutes respectively.

Jose Mourinho has now been speaking on how the youngster is settling into Spurs life.

He said (Football London): “He is a kid, I think he is happy. He is adapting well to special life. He lives again with his parents and his sister, it is a very good situation for him, he is happy. He works hard as a young kid has to do. He deserves his opportunities, he has already started at Southampton and the Champions League match.

“He is playing, he is playing in different positions, he gives us what we always thought he could give us – options. As a kid, you always expect that next season will be better. Until the end of the season there will be more opportunities to play football and grow up. But good kid.”

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