Gedson Fernandes’ arrival to Tottenham in January went a little under the radar as it was overshadowed by the more high-profile acquisition of Steven Bergwijn.
However, that isn’t to say that there aren’t high expectations on the young midfielder’s shoulders, with Jose Mourinho admitting that he is excited by Fernandes’ potential (Football.London).
The 21-year-old, who joined on an 18-month loan deal from Benfica, has already shown glimpses of his flair and technical ability in the few opportunities that have come his way.
However, the Portuguese international has admitted to being completely shocked by the intensity of the Premier League when he had his first taste of action, despite having an idea of what to expect from watching the competition in the past.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Fernandes said: “It’s completely different to what we saw on the TV (in Portugal).
“When I made my first minutes, I couldn’t believe it because everything felt so slow but at the same time everything was so fast on the pitch. It’s something different to learn.
“Mentally, I think when you play the first few minutes of a game, you feel so tired. After that you feel okay, you feel comfortable, so you can play your game but yes, in the first few minutes, they are crazy moments.
“You are alert, you want to see what’s happening but, at the same time, you have no time to wait and watch around to see where your man is. You need to be focussed. Your head has to stay in the moment.”
The midfielder also revealed that the difference between football back in his home country and England was night and day, but insisted he is enjoying his time in the Premier League so far.
Fernandes added: “You come from a different country and a different league, you think basically it will be the same but, in the moment, no, nothing was the same.
“The opposition want it more and so you have to want it even more than that. It’s completely crazy. You have to fight more. The players give their lives for the game, for the moment and they are enjoying it.
“The Premier League is more competitive, the competition is better, and it is good football. I think the fans enjoy the game and football so much.”
Spurs Web Opinion
While Fernandes was known for his technical quality and flair before coming to Spurs, what has surprised me is his tenacity and his athleticism. Despite his relatively small frame, he has shown that he has the attributes to succeed in the Premier League. He could potentially surprise a lot of people next season.
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