‘Really, really good’ – Mourinho singles out Spurs player for praise after Ipswich win

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur enjoyed the perfect start to their pre-season campaign after they comfortably swept aside Ipswich Town 3-0 in a friendly at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The home side raced into a three-goal lead within the half-hour mark courtesy of an early strike by Ryan Sessegnon and a well-taken brace by Son Heung-min.

It was plain sailing from that point on as the Lilywhites effortless knocked the ball around for the rest of the game, with Paul Lambert’s side almost posing no threat to the Spurs goal.

Jose Mourinho admitted to Spurs TV that there were several positives to take from the performance and result including the debuts to Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Joe Hart, as well as the run out that many of the academy graduates received in the second half.

The Spurs boss also singled out one player for his performance on Saturday – Gedson Fernandes.

To people’s surprise, Fernandes started at right-back and was one of just two players to complete the whole 90 minutes.

The Portuguese international certainly did not look out of place at right-back and some Spurs fans were pleasantly surprised by his performance.

It turns out that Mourinho also quite liked what he saw from the 21-year-old loanee.

Speaking after the game, he said: “Gedson played right-back for the first time and he was really, really good.

“In the first half, we had some very good combinations.”

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Gedson proved on Saturday that he has the energy and trickery to play as a wing-back but he was hardly tested from a defensive point of view. Based on Jose’s comments, I would not be surprised if he gives Gedson a few more opportunities to prove himself at right-back.

If he comes good in the position, it will mean that we can afford to replace Aurier and Walker-Peters with just one new right-back and rely on Tanganga and Gedson to provide cover in the position.

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