Jose Mourinho made his first Gedson Fernandes his signing as Tottenham Hotspur head coach nearly a year ago.
The midfielder arrived in North London on an 18-month loan deal from Portuguese giants Benfica which included the option to make the deal permanent for £42.76million (€50million) (Sky Sports).
Rivals West Ham United had also agreed a deal with the Portugal Under-21 international’s club but he instead decided to link up with his compatriot Mourinho.
Fernandes’ loan spell at Spurs has hardly gone to plan with the 22-year-old struggling for regular first-team football.
He was left out of Tottenham’s 25-man squad for the Europa League and has only featured in one match this season, which came back in September when he played 63 minutes of the Carabao Cup win against Chelsea (transfermarkt).
Mourinho has admitted that it could be possible for the player to return to Benfica during the current transfer window, but it has failed to materialise (The Sun).
If Fernandes does not feature against Marine today, you would have to think that the writing is on the wall for the young midfielder. Having only played just over an hour all season is not good for his own prospects and a return to Benfica would be in the best interests of all parties.
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