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Bruno Fernandes is once again on Tottenham Hotspur’s radar, per A Bola via Sport Witness.
Spurs were heavily linked with a move for the Portugal international in the summer, with reports claiming that a bid was made and rejected before they signed Giovani Lo Celso on an initial loan deal from Real Betis.
Nevertheless, Spurs are said to be paying close attention to Fernandes’ performances this season as they mull over the possibility of returning with another offer. He is deemed as a possible replacement for Christian Eriksen, whose contract expires in the summer, per the report.
And one has to say that Fernandes has started the 2019/20 season in electric form.
He has added a further two goals in the Europa League in three outings, along with one assist, while averaging 1.7 key passes per game, 5.3 shots and three dribbles.
He is not only having an impact at the top of the pitch, though; Fernandes also averages 2.2 tackles per game in the league, as well as 0.9 clearances.
Last season, of course, Fernandes scored 20 league goals and registered 13 assists; his form has merely continued in 2019/20.
Eriksen has been in woeful form this season and is perhaps enduring one of the worst spells of his Spurs career.
Per Whoscored, he’s scored just one goal in the Premier League, registered just one assist and all of his attacking stats are worse than Fernandes’. His shots per game number is just 1.5, he averages just 1.4 key passes and zero dribbles. He also makes fewer tackles and clearances than the Sporting man and one has to believe that Fernandes would be a major upgrade on the Denmark international.
Admittedly, he is playing in a worse league but the stats of the Portugal international stand out to such a degree that it would be negligence not to at least try to sign him.
Indeed, it makes sense to compare Lo Celso’s stats last season with Fernandes, too; the Argentine scored nine goals in La Liga last season, registering four assists, and averaged two shots per game, just 0.8 key passes and two dribbles.
Defensively, Lo Celso averaged 1.6 tackles per game and 0.3 clearances.
Fernandes is better than him too; perhaps they could well play together but one thing is for certain: Spurs need to be pulling out all the stops to extricate the playmaker from Portugal and secure a big upgrade in midfield.