Tottenham Hotspur Ace Closing In On Exit Amid Serie A Links: Good Riddance For Jose Mourinho?

Gedson Fernandes is closing on his exit from Tottenham - He has been an outcast.
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 22: Gedson Fernandes of Tottenham Hotspur looks on during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Norwich City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on January 22, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

According to Fabrizio Romano, Gedson Fernandes is closing in on his exit from Tottenham. Torino have opened talks to sign the midfielder, with the Lilywhites willing to let him return to SL Benfica this month. As a result, Gedson could be allowed to join Torino on loan until the end of the season, and the deal could be finalised before the ongoing January transfer window slams shut.

Gedson Fernandes: An Outcast Or An Utility Player?

Gedson Fernandes’ struggles at Tottenham have been well-documented after the youngster initially moved to England at the start of last year. Regarded as one of the most gifted up and coming footballers in Portugal, the youngster failed to establish himself as a first-team regular for Spurs during the backend of last season. Things have gotten way worse in the ongoing campaign.

Gedson wasn’t even considered a part of Jose Mourinho’s first-team plans during the first half of the season. As a result, the 22-year-old has only mustered 153 minutes of competitive football, none of which have come in the Premier League.

Reports were suggesting that Mourinho was training him in a new right-back position last season. The summer arrival of Matt Doherty, though, has made it difficult for the Portuguese to become a first-team option. Even the addition of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has seen him falling down the pecking order in his favoured midfield position, with the on-loan Benfica star only being useful in fringe cup matches.

Gedson Fernandes is closing on his exit from Tottenham - He has not been useful for Jose.
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)

Tottenham Should Offload Gedson

Tottenham Hotspur’s decision to offload Gedson Fernandes should be a no brainer. The youngster has clearly struggled to adapt to conditions under Mourinho. His performances in the Premier League last season were also below par.

Spurs themselves also do not require his services in midfield following the meteoric rise of Hojbjerg. Even the likes of Moussa Sissoko and Harry Winks have done well to provide depth in the midfield unit while youngsters like Alfie Devine and Harvey White are waiting in the wings.

Therefore, a move for Gedson, away from north London, makes a lot of sense. The 22-year-old should thrive in a club like Torino, where he is more likely to get regular game-time. Playing football in Italy should also prove to be a better fit for him, considering his style of play.

With European Championship just around the corner, the midfielder’s potential rise to prominence in Serie A could help make his way back into the national team as well. As for Tottenham, Gedson’s departure could open up some space in the squad as Mourinho looks to reinforcements in the midfield unit this month.

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.