Tottenham have made their first signing under new manager Jose Mourinho as Gedson Fernandes joins from Benfica.
The midfielder has completed an 18-month loan deal with Spurs holding an option to buy him outright at the end of the 2020/21 season.
With Moussa Sissoko out injured and Christian Eriksen’s future uncertain Fernandes could soon find himself in the line-up, despite only featuring in seven league games this season for his parent club.
A renowned dribbler, his main objective is likely to involve getting the ball forward on the deck to feed the frontline.
And Fernandes might not be the only man from the Primeira Liga to join Tottenham in this transfer window, either.
It’s being reported the club are set to sign Ze Luis from Porto if they can get the Cape Verdean a work permit.
Luis has never been the most prolific striker during spells with Gil Vicente, Braga, Spartak Moscow, and now Porto, netting 99 times throughout his career.
However, with Harry Kane out injured and Lucas Moura and Heung-Min Son not natural strikers, a six-month deal does make sense to help Spurs through.
He’s scored in the Champions League, won a Russian Premier League title, and maybe most usefully his skill set is well rounded despite not being at an elite level.
But how will he and Fernandes fit into Mourinho’s team in north London? talkSPORT.com takes a look.
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Mourinho has tinkered very regularly with his team in recent weeks but to start with we’ll take a look at one of his favourite formations.
We could see new boy Fernandes lining up alongside summer signing Tanguy Ndombele, once he’s fully fit.
Far more accomplished as a central midfielder than a winger, where he has played for Benfica recently, he progresses the ball well and could help solve some of Spurs’ transitional issues.
These have led to Mourinho’s long-ball tactics but having Fernandes alongside Ndombele should see them revert to a style more easy on the eye.
He would, though, be a little more cautious as he would need to cover his French team-mate who also likes to dribble and create.
Ze Luis would, fairly obviously, take the role of a central striker but he is able to drift out wide and could easily swap roles with Son and Lucas to make a fluid front-three, while number ten Dele Alli could benefit from his hold up play.
As we’ve seen on a couple of occasions already, Mourinho isn’t afraid to go defensive to get the best out of his leaky backline.
With flying wing-backs in Serge Aurier and Ryan Sessegnon, Spurs can play deep but also get the ball forward on the flanks.
Here Fernandes has more cover behind him so can get forward a lot more to link play with striker Luis and Son.
Alli would likely fill the other central midfield role given Mourinho’s very apparent love for the tenacious and skilful midfielder.
As said earlier, recently Fernandes has played more on the right wing so there is a chance he could come in there for Spurs.
In a more attacking version of the back-five, it will look more asymmetrical.
Fernandes may tuck inside at points, as might Son, to offer support to Luis, especially if there is a wing-back coming forward.
Ndombele and Lo Celso would patrol the middle of the park allowing both Aurier and Sessegnon to get into higher areas with adequate cover should there be a counter attack.
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