Tottenham Hotspur Prospect Rankings, #20: Tomislav Gomelt

Jan Kruger

Croatian midfielder/striker Tomislav Gomelt, who spent the second half of last season on loan at RCD Espanyol B, is Tottenham Hotspur's 20th ranked youth prospect.

Not a lot was known about Tomislav Gomelt when he joined Tottenham Hotspur as a 16 year-old from Zagreb, Croatia. It seemed like just a further influx of Croatian talent to go along with Vedran Croluka, Luka Modric, and Niko Kranjcar. Gomelt hasn't made a huge impact at Tottenham Hotspur, but he has put together some good performances for the Next Gen team and as a result the club sent him on loan to Espanyol in January.

Gomelt played for RCD Espanyol B in Spain's third division. Unfortunately, statistics for this division are almost impossible to come by, so I can't tell you how much he played or how he did. I did manage to dig up this bit from the Espanyol website which says that Gomelt came on as a substitute and scored on his debut. Had he played in League One, I could give you tons of information and news reports, but because it was in Spain, I have nothing for you. So, as a peace offering I present you with video of a hat trick that Gomelt scored in the Next Gen competion back in 2011.

Gomelt, now 18, plays either in the hole, as a right attacking midfielder, and occasionally as a striker. He has, in some Next Gen games, played deeper in central midfield as well. Espanyol's website lists him as a forward (though wearing number 6). Basically, Gomelt is a versatile player who can play all across midfield. Gomelt seems to be adept with both feet and often finds himself in good positions to score. I would say his game is similar to Niko Kranjcar and Rafael van der Vaart in both where he plays on the pitch and how he plays. He's a good sized kid, standing 6'1" and weighs in at 165lbs so any worries about him being another undersized Croatian creative player should be quickly dismissed.

Gomelt returns to Spurs with some good experience playing against some real talented youngsters in Spain. I wish I could definitively comment on just how well he played while on loan, but if some of his previous performances were any indication, then the young Croatian midfielder/forward didn't fail to impress. Next season I would expect another loan for Gomelt. This time to a higher division club.

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