Bruno Fernandes’ recent admission about his disappointment at his proposed move to Tottenham collapsing last year has incited a mixed response from Tottenham fans on social media.
Tottenham were heavily linked with a move for the Manchester United midfielder during the summer of 2019 (Standard) but he eventually ended up staying put at Sporting Lisbon, with Spurs snapping up Giovani Lo Celso instead.
Man Utd ended up bringing the 26-year-old to the Premier League in January of this year for £67.6m and the midfielder has quickly become one of the Red Devils’ most important players.
The Portugal international admitted in the Official Manchester United Podcast this week that he was keen to move to Tottenham as he saw it as a great opportunity for him and was sad to see the Lilywhites not being able to come to an agreement with Sporting.
Reacting to Fernandes’ words, some Spurs fans feel that he would have been a better signing than Giovani Lo Celso and were split on whether to blame Mauricio Pochettino or Daniel Levy for the collapsed move.
However, others insisted that they are more than happy to have Lo Celso over the Man Utd star due to the Argentine’s versatility.
Thing is though Levy was happy to bid the money wasn’t an issue. But the problem was that he said to Poch it’s EITHER Bruno or Gio not both as we had signed Tanguy. So of course Poch was going to sign the Argentine. Gio was magnificent for us but it’s a shame about Bruno
— Ghulam Afzal (@LillysPunisher) November 18, 2020
— Your Favourite Yid (@ftbl_tilly) November 19, 2020
Luckily we signed Gedson Fernandes instead…..he’s been brilliant so far, and what a bargain! Jeez same as ever eh Mr Levy? https://t.co/1y8qLevi2M
— Neil Warren (@DonDiaz) November 19, 2020
I love Lo Celso and I’m going to support my club through and through. But boy does it disappoint to think that Bruno Fernandes was that close to donning the lily white https://t.co/BX27QZPf2D
— Zoe Rinõ (@zoe_rino) November 19, 2020
A majority ‘fail’ from Levy. He’s exactly what we needed to replace Eriksen. https://t.co/LxPBB6bhjw
— LJohnson (@lazqetjohnson) November 19, 2020
Fact we went for Dybala over Bruno and didn't end up getting either still depresses me. If we had Bruno this szn and a top CB we'd win the league hands down. Sigh. https://t.co/K5W75ZZMSk
— 🥶 (@xSpurs11) November 18, 2020
Smh Bruno Fernandes could've been playing for Mourinhos tricky lilywhites. Levy has blood and rogaine on his hands 😏
— RKO_ADAM (@ashman58) October 17, 2020
Gio is Better!!Especially his work rate defensively as well!!
— Royston Furtado (@roystonfurt) November 18, 2020
Don’t want him at my club.
— Liam Patterson (@_liampatterson_) November 19, 2020
Given the way he “criticises” team mates, maybe he’s best where he is.
— Karl Hedley (@TumbleweedKing) November 18, 2020
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While it is easy to say in hindsight that Fernandes might have been a more valuable acquisition, Lo Celso was the player that most Spurs fans wanted at the time. Few would have foreseen Dele Alli’s dramatic decline and our need for a Bruno-styled number 10.
Weirdly, I think Lo Celso is a player that suits Jose Mourinho’s ethos much better than he does Pochettino’s. I believe that he could well turn out to be the much-better acquisition in the long run, although he is unlikely to hit the same goals or assist numbers as Fernandes.
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