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Who’s Gedson Fernandes? 5 facts Spurs fans SHOULD know about the NEWCOMER

Tottenham are about to announce their first January signing of the season. 

21-year-old Gedson Fernandes has undergone medical tests to sign for Spurs, as reported by the British media. 

Tottenham and Benfica have agreed on a loan deal with an option for the North London side to buy Fernandes in 2021. 

Ahead of the official announcement, we have found 5 interesting facts about Gedson that Tottenham fans could be interested in. 

1.Fernandes was born in Sao Tome (capital city of Central African island Sao Tome and Principles). He has joined Benfica’s academy in 2008 and has made his first senior appearance for Benfica B in 2017/18 season, scoring 5 goals in 40 matches. He was then moved to the main team in 2018 and has already registered 8 Champions League and 6 Europa League appearances, which is good for Jose Mourinho, considering the fact that the 21-year-old will surely be needed during the UCL matches against RB Leipzig. 

2.Fernandes has so far played in 3 different positions. According to Transfermarkt, Portuguese is an attacking midfielder, the number 10, however, coaches have sometimes used him as a defensive midfielder or box-to-box midfielder, which means the young starlet already has an experience of playing in 3 different positions (again, an advantage for Mourinho, as the Special One loves this type of players). 

3.Gedson has either good attacking or defending skills. According to the data from Whoscored, Fernandes has given 545 passes for Benfica with 84.4 % accuracy. Also, Tottenham’s newcomer has averaged 2.5 tackles/game in Champions League (more defensive instructions) and 1 tackle per match in Portuguese league (as he’s more concentrated on attacking skills).

4.A worry for Jose Mourinho could be the fact that Fernandes has played in only 7 matches and started 2 times for Benfica in the league. The player could possibly be not in his best conditions considering the amount of time he’s given by the coaching staff. If we add adaptation process to this issue, there is a possibility that Fernandes could be left on the bench for several matches. 

5.Despite having £13 m value in Transfermarkt, Benfica have put a massive £102 m price tag on Fernandes’s contract, that is why Spurs have preferred to make a loan move at first.

Image – SempreMilan/twitter/Befinca Youth
Source – Transfermarkt/Whoscored/The Guardian

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