It’s difficult to look at this Tottenham Hotspur team and see where Gedson Fernandes is going to get minutes. Gedson, 21, is on loan from Benfica, but is currently mired near the bottom of Spurs’ midfield depth chart. It sure looks like, barring an injury crisis, that he’s not going to get anywhere close to a Premier League squad, and he was even left off of Tottenham’s Europa League squad due to the number of international players already on the team.
That’s why Spanish football daily A Bola is saying that Spurs are now considering cutting his loan short in January and allowing him to return to Benfica. Gedson came to Tottenham on a two season loan — itself unusual — with a €50m purchase option, but considering how little he’s playing and his performances when he was actually on the pitch, it seems inconceivable that Spurs would want to spend that much money at the end of the season to keep him around. And if he’s not even going to play against the likes of LASK, Antwerp, and Ludogorets, there doesn’t seem much point on paying him to train.
Let’s be honest, A Bola isn’t a great source — it’s the Spanish equivalent of the Daily Mail when it comes to football rumors, but honestly, this rumor seems awfully credible and I believe that it’s a possibility. Gedson always seemed like a lottery ticket, a young and potentially overlooked player that could be a diamond in the rough. But while Gedson is the kind of player Spurs should be targeting on the off chance they hit the numbers, sometimes they go bust just because. Sure looks like Gedson is one of those.