Football journalist Julien Laurens believes that Spurs will not benefit from the arrival of Gedson Fernandes, who is expected to have his move to north London confirmed having passed a medical.
While an official announcement is yet to be made, Laurens discussed the impending 18-month loan transfer with fellow journalist Gabriele Marcotti, who was also of the opinion that his signing would not cover Spurs’ current priorities. Speaking on ESPN’s The Gab & Juls Podcast, Laurens insisted that while Fernandes could be a bright talent, he would not necessarily enhance Tottenham’s chances of reaching the Champions League spots.
He said: “Gedson is probably a very talented kid, but he’s not one for now. Gedson is one for the future, he’s not ready to take this team into the top four. If you want a midfielder, fair enough. But go and get someone who straight away, will walk in that team and make a difference.
“Don’t go and get someone who’s 21 who’s hardly played in the Portuguese top flight, let alone in the Champions League and European competitions, and then expect him to change everything. That’s not going to work.”
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Laurens makes a fair point about Fernandes’ game time. He has only started two league games this season, with two further starts in the Champions League. Even while the frequency of his appearances last season was greater, he was barely picked for the side after Christmas with the vast majority of his starts coming in Europe after Benfica had entered the Europa League knockout stages.
So for a player that has evidently struggled to hold down a place in the Benfica team, it may be difficult to suggest that he could help bring success to a Tottenham side that is missing its main striker in Harry Kane and already has plenty of central-midfield options.
On the other hand, 18 months could be long enough to prove his worth to the side, though Laurens seems perfectly reasoned to have his doubts over Tottenham’s approach for the Portuguese youngster.
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