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Tottenham Hotspur Starlet Facing Uncertain Future At The Club: Should Mourinho Let Him Go?

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Jack O’Brien
A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

According to A Bola, Gedson Fernandes could be in for a shock return to SL Benfica. The Tottenham Hotspur player, who is on loan from Benfica, has had a disappointing little period in England so far and his loan contract could be terminated early. The two clubs are already discussing the possibility of the potential return of Gedson to Benfica in the January transfer window.

Gedson’s Story At Tottenham So Far

Gedson joined Tottenham in January 2020, in an 18-month loan deal from Benfica, with the club having the option to secure his services permanently for a fee of €50 million.

The Portuguese youngster was brought in to provide more cover in a midfield unit where Tanguy Ndombele was visibly struggling while there were doubts over Moussa Sissoko’s quality. For a time, the 21-year-old was also trained in the right-back position, to provide cover for Serge Aurier.

Unfortunately for Gedson, he was never really given the chance to do so as Harry Winks became an ever-present figure in the Tottenham midfield during the backend of last season while Aurier somehow managed to retain his role as the first-choice right-back for Spurs.

The three-month break from football due to Coronavirus didn’t help Gedson either as the youngster ended up featuring in only 71 minutes of league football last season. It has been pretty much the same story in the ongoing campaign, with the player not even included in the club’s Europa League squad.

Gedson Fernandes could be in for a shock return to SL Benfica - Set for an early exit?
LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 28: Gedson Fernandes of Tottenham Hotspur during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Tottenham Hotspur and Reading on August 28, 2020, in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Should Mourinho Offload Gedson?

Gedson’s chances of making a breakthrough in the Tottenham side diminished further this summer, thanks to some excellent business from the Lilywhites that saw them sign quality players like Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Matt Doherty among many others.

Hojbjerg has emerged as the lynchpin in midfield for Mourinho’s side while Ndombele is starting to show glimpses of his talents. Doherty, meanwhile, is now competing with Aurier at right-back, effectively killing any chances for Gedson to make a first-team appearance.

A move away from north London, therefore, makes complete sense for the 21-year-old, who is in desperate need of game-time in order to continue his progress. A potential return to his parent club Benfica could ensure that, although he may still have to compete with the likes of Julian Weigl among many others.

For Spurs, offloading Gedson could help them balance their wage structure a bit, especially following the arrival of Gareth Bale. The Lilywhites are also working on a deal to extend Son Heung-Min’s contract, so the move bodes well for all parties involved.

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