Incoming Totttenham signing Gedson Fernandes has been described as ‘a modern midfielder’ with ‘enormous potential’, but the club have been warned he is one for the future, rather than right now.
That’s according to journalist Andy Brassell, who has told fans not to expect the finished article if the 21-year-old moves to White Hart Lane.
Benfica ace Fernandes is set to become Jose Mourinho’s first signing as Spurs manager, with reports claiming the Premier League club have agreed an 18-month loan deal for the versatile youngster.
The Portugal international – with two senior caps – has attracted plenty of interest with his performances in his homeland, with Manchester United and West Ham also keen.
But Tottenham have reportedly beaten the competition to agree terms with the up-and-coming midfielder – which may or may not have something to do with the fact he has the same agent as boss Mourinho, Jorge Mendes.
He is regarded as one of the brightest young talents in Portugal, and Brassell told talkSPORT what fans can expect from the midfield man, as well as some details about his move to north London.
And his main message was one of caution to supporters.
“I think it’s reasonable to be cautious,” he said on Hawksbee and Jacobs. “It will take time, it’s not an instant impact signing.
“Gedson is a player who came into the Benfica side last season as a teenager and impressed so much.
“He’s not massive but he’s a kind of modern midfielder, he can make his tackles, he can bring the ball forward into the opposition half and take it around players.
“He’s not everyone’s idea of a classical defensive midfielder but he can definitely do that job.
“He’ll need time though – he’s only started twice in the league this season.
“He really impressed last season and was especially great in the European games, and they signed him to a big new contract which had the biggest buy-out clause in Benfica’s history – £130million, but that’s a negotiating position, rather than what the player is worth.
“The deal makes sense, it’s a try before you buy.
“If he does do well in the Premier League, and I think in time he certainly could because he’s got an enormous amount of potential, then he would have genuine value and they can sell him on for something close that that figure.
“I imagine something around the £55m-£60m mark would probably be built into the deal so Spurs could sign him permanently if they wanted to.”