‘He’s a top player’ – Robinson backs 21-year-old Spurs new boy to come good next year

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Paul Robinson

Paul Robinson has been impressed with what he has seen of Tottenham’s January signing, Gedson Fernandes, after the midfielder joined from Benfica on an 18-month loan deal with an option to buy for £56 million.

While Gedson has not seen too much in the way of game time so far, he has shown flashes of skill and technical quality on the pitch.

Jose Mourinho said back in March that the 21-year-old was settling in well to life in North London and claimed that we will not see the best of him until next season (Football.London).

Robinson believes that there are already signs that the midfielder has started to adapt to English football. When asked what he thought of Fernandes, the former England number one told Football Insider: “I think he is a top player.

“He has not had enough time to have a massive impact on the squad. A young player that has adapted quickly in the small time that we have seen of him.”

Robinson also claimed that the youngster had been brought in to give Mourinho more options in the middle of the park, asserting that it is one of several areas that the Spurs boss needs to address.

Robinson added: “Jose needs to put his own touch on the Spurs squad. It is a very unbalanced squad and they are heavily overloaded in certain positions.

“A two-year loan is a different one but Fernandes may have been brought in by Mourinho to address the imbalance in the squad.

“It is a very talented squad but they are light in some areas and Mourinho needs to be given time and a transfer window to correct that.”

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Fernandes’ signing has gone under the radar. While I knew beforehand that he was quite skilful with the ball at his feet, he has surprised me with his tenacity and his tactical intelligence. While all the focus seems to be on whether Mourinho will get the best out of Ndombele next season, I can see Fernandes potentially stealing his place in the side.

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