It seems like the trade and transfer of Erik Lamela to Sevilla is basically a done deal, bringing talented young attacker Bryan Gil to Tottenham Hotspur.
While not yet a finished product, Sevilla’s 20-year-old Bryan Gil is the kind of attacking talent that excites fans and frustrates opponents. The deal sending Erik Lamela and approximately £21.4 million ($29.4 million) to Sevilla in exchange for the Spanish phenom is all but announced according to Fabrizio Romano. As such we need to take a look at Gil and what exactly Tottenham is getting in exchange for both a player and a heft sum of cash.
Gill the kind of attacker fans will love
Bryan Gil is the kind of player that fans love and opponents hate as he is as cagey as he is exciting. Not a full-fledged member of the team, Gil has already received three caps with the senior Spanish national team. With over 50 appearances in La Liga – between Sevilla and SD Eibar where Gil spent last season on loan – Bryan is an experienced player for a youngster who will bring several very positive traits to the Tottenham squad.
Gil is the kind of winger Tottenham needs
Last season Tottenham Hotspur struggled for service averaging less than 9 crosses per match according to fbref.com. The reason for this was two-fold, the change in the personnel at fullback and the fact Tottenham usually plays with inverted wingers.
Sergio Reguilon provided good service early in the season but struggled physically in the second half and the right side just never got going for Spurs. Add in Bale and Son cutting in as much as possible and it is little wonder Tottenham had the fewest crosses of any Premier League team. Gil is the kind of player that is going to change that.
Proficient on either wing but particularly on the left, Gil is the kind of player who likes to attack both the defender and the end line. Averaging 1.5 crosses per match last season, Gil is a guy who will get the ball into the box creating opportunities for his teammates. Having a player that will run at opponents and create opportunities for others is something that Tottenham needs.
Gil has close control and positional flexibility
Typically stationed as a left-winger and naturally a left-footed player, Gil is versatile and has played anywhere across the attacking midfield three. A winger now, it is quite conceivable that a player that can dribble, distribute, and shoot like Gil can end up in the middle of the park as a central attacking midfielder as he matures.
If you watch much of the highlights of Gil, and we encourage you to do so, his dribbling is not based on trickery so much as it is controlled. Bryan is not running at players stepping over the ball, rather he is running at players and then cutting on a dime and then cutting back the other way leaving players’ knees buckling and faces blushed.
This amazing ball control is accompanied by an incredible burst that Bryan possesses allowing him to change direction without losing stride and get up to speed quickly. It is unclear how fast Gil is exactly but his small area quickness is undeniable. One of his best highlights, last season was being the first to react to a teammate’s saved penalty and finishing the rebound before anyone knew what had happened.
There are some question marks for Gil
Bryan Gil is not a perfect transfer as there are some question marks as he comes to England. The biggest question mark is really about physicality. At 1.75 meters (5’7″) Gil is not a big player and will likely take a pounding in the Premier League with his finesse and style. How well Gil does as he gets hacked down and pushed around in a much more physical league than La Liga will go a long way toward determining his initial success.
Gil is undoubtedly a talented and exciting young player and is the kind of player that should make Tottenham better both this season and beyond.