While the midfielder produced a few promising cameos last season, he has only managed a single appearance this campaign, which came in Tottenham’s win over Chelsea in the EFL Cup fourth round back in September.
The Portugal Under-21 international did not even make it into the club’s Europa League squad for the group stages, due to Tottenham’s issues in meeting the homegrown quota.
Mourinho has admitted that it was unfortunate for the youngster that he could not play a part in the club’s European campaign and hinted that Spurs would let Fernandes return to Portugal in January if Benfica want him back.(Football.London)
It now looks as though his loan is indeed about to be cut short as Journal Noticias claim that the Portuguese giants have ‘communicated internally’ that they want to bring the midfielder back to the club just 12 months into his 18-month loan spell in North London.
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Fernandes was very much signed as an emergency back up at a time when we had quite a few injuries. He had to play out of his skin for the club to have even considered meeting such a mammoth release clause. While he certainly showed glimpses of his ability, he just did not get a run in the side to be able to prove himself. I would not be surprised if he evolves into a top player for Benfica in the coming years.
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