Gedson Fernandes could return to Benfica in January as Jose Mourinho considers cutting short midfielder’s poor loan spell at Tottenham

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Gedson Fernandes could return to Benfica in January as Jose Mourinho considers cutting short midfielder’s poor loan spell at Tottenham

Tottenham are reportedly considering cutting short Gedson Fernandes’ loan spell in north London amid his poor stint at the club.

Jose Mourinho swooped in to sign the Portuguese from Benfica last January on an 18-month loan deal that included a £46million option to buy if he impressed.

Fernandes has struggled to make an impact under Mourinho at Spurs

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Fernandes has struggled to make an impact under Mourinho at Spurs

However, Fernandes has struggled to make an impression in north London and he’s made just one appearance this season, which came in the Carabao Cup.

According to Portuguese media outlet Record, Benfica and Spurs are now in discussions over terminating the midfielder’s loan early.

Fernandes is now arguably Tottenham’s seventh choice midfielder, with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Harry Winks, Giovani Lo Celso, Tanguy Ndombele, Dele Alli and Moussa Sissoko all ahead of him in Mourinho’s pecking order.

Earlier on Wednesday, Mourinho insisted his side are not ‘Spursy’ despite their capitulation in the final 10 minutes against West Ham last weekend.


The north Londoners have earned that nickname over the years for being flaky, losing from winning positions and not turning up at big moments.

The 3-3 draw against the Hammers certainly fits into that category as, winning 3-0, they conceded three goals in the last eight minutes to drop two points.

But Mourinho says a failure to defend set-pieces was the main cause of that collapse.

“To be honest, what happened is a little bit out of context from what happened the rest of the season,” he said. “Against Southampton we were losing and we were strong enough to change the result.

Mourinho leads his side once again on Thursday in their Europa League opener

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Mourinho leads his side once again on Thursday in their Europa League opener

“At Manchester United the worst thing happened, which was after one minute we were losing and we were strong enough to change that result.

“Against Newcastle, we were solid, we weren’t playing amazing, we were solid, and then what happened is one of the beauties of the VAR this season. So this game was completely out of context.”

“I believe that winning 3-0 in minute 80 we could play 50 more matches and it’s not going to happen again. So I don’t want to be sticking on this and stories about ‘Spursy’, or this kind of thing.”

Published at Wed, 21 Oct 2020 16:04:24 +0000

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