Tottenham Hotspur have lacked a little creativity this season. Oh how they wish they had a Bruno Fernandes in their ranks.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side did beat Aston Villa 2-1 before the international break, but they still ned some more flair and guile.
Christian Eriksen hasn’t really been replaced yet, and Fernandes was actually one target in 2019.
Come January 2020, Fernandes had joined Manchester United. This term, Fernandes has 23 key passes – the most in the Premier League.
Son Heung-min, Lucas Moura and Sergio Reguilon are Tottenham’s top three for key passes. They have managed just 22 between them, one short of Fernandes’ lone output.
Many fans would say Tottenham need to find a number 10 like Fernandes. Intriguingly, two players already at the club have been somewhat likened to the Portuguese ace.
One of them is Giovani Lo Celso. Tottenham ended up signing him instead of Fernandes in 2019, and Mourinho offered him huge praise.
Last year, Mourinho suggested that he would not swap Lo Celso for Fernandes. Mourinho seemingly felt that Lo Celso was just as good as Fernandes or could at least match his impact for Tottenham.
In 50 Premier League games for Tottenham, Lo Celso has managed just one goal. He has made 48 key passes, but managed only 15 last season.
There is a huge gap between Lo Celso and Fernandes right now, and Tottenham really need him to kick on.
At the moment, Mourinho’s comparison looks like an albatross around Lo Celso’s neck.
So what about the future?
Tottenham do have an exciting midfielder in their ranks in Alfie Devine.
Signed from Wigan Athletic last year, the 17-year-old has racked up five goals and two assists in seven Premier League 2 games.
An interesting note is that The Athletic claim Mourinho thinks Devine is similar to Fernandes – even telling the teenager that.
That’s a bold but exciting comparison to be making, and Devine could save Tottenham millions if he does reach that kind of quality.
Nuno is seeking creativity, and he needs Mourinho be right about both players. Lo Celso is the focus for now given his seniority, but Devine may end up being Tottenham’s saviour down the line.