Tottenham Hotspur have struggled to keep their goal safe with top-notch shot-stopper Hugo Lloris sidelined with a gruesome injury for several weeks.
However, Jose Mourinho anticipates the Frenchman could be back pretty soon for the Spurs, as his recovery is going according to planned and he’s back to training:
“I told [you] one month ago, I said February. So, the normal thing is February. If you ask me late February or early February, at this moment I go more for early. Things are going well. He’s getting his confidence back, he’s training so I would say he’s one of our new players in the January transfer window.”” Mourinho told a media conference, as quoted by Goal.
Moreover, ‘The Special One’ opened up about the arrival of Gedson Fernandes, a midfielder loaned from Benfica, who’s been turning a lot of heads across the continent lately:
“This weekend they can expect him to be involved, starting or not but for sure involved in the team. When you get players in January, normally it’s because you need [them]. And we need [him] because we lost important players for a long time so we need his contribution. Young player, yes, just arrived in a new country, yes, but at the same time, he has experience of playing for a big club,” Mourinho said.
The Portuguese also looked confident on Fernandes’ ability to adapt and thrive in North London, as he’s been featured in games vs. some of the best teams in the world, also lauding his versatility:
“He has played already big matches, for instance, Bayern Munich and Galatasaray away in the Champions League, Europa League quarter-finals, so he’s used to a high level of stress, pressure, responsibility. He’s a kid that can play different positions in midfield, even wide on the right if we need it. We got him for his multi-functionality. He’s what I used to call a special loan. He’s not a three-month loan and goodbye. [It’s a] one-and-a-half-year loan when he’ll have time to develop, and who knows if he doesn’t stay here for a number of years,” he concluded.