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Bruno Fernandes showed exactly what Tottenham would be adding to their squad with a fine display for Portugal at the weekend.
The midfielder was the target of much transfer interest over the summer with Spurs and Manchester United thought to be leading the way, and it is possible that Mauricio Pochettino will look to add him to the squad in January.
Fernandes has stated previously that he was close to joining the North London outfit over the summer, and recently revealed that he dreams of a move to a big club in Europe – so could Levy and Co make another move?
Man United chiefs had some doubt over a certain aspect of his play, but his performance against Luxembourg suggests that he would have a lot to offer Pochettino, and on current form would be an upgrade on Dele Alli or Christian Eriksen.
Spurs haven’t had much luck in the attacking midfield area of late with Giovani Lo Celso also failing to get up and running due to injury, and since they have struggled somewhat on the goal front with 18 scored in 12 league matches, a move for Fernandes could be an effective buy.
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The Portuguese has built a reputation as a player who possesses “great technical quality” and that is underlined by his record in the final third, his nine goals and six assists in 17 games this season supporting the idea he has a “killer quality“.
However, he can provide a lot more than that, and his work rate and energy would be of great use to Spurs right now, as their players have often looked dejected and without fight this term – as highlighted in embarrassing displays against Bayern Munich and Brighton.
On Sunday Fernandes was impressive and heavily involved in play on and off the ball, with seven tackles and a total of 97 touches, which suggests he’d be an influential figure in the Spurs set-up.
By comparison, Eriksen once had similar importance for Pochettino, but this year has managed two goals and one assist, with Alli recording the same record in his 10 outings. With the former’s mind seemingly set matters elsewhere, Spurs would be wise to let him go in January and replace him with the Sporting Lisbon playmaker.
The way he ran in behind the defence for his goal on Sunday also shows he offers something different, and with Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura the only two players who do that regularly for Spurs, he would be a great option to have in the squad.