Tottenham Hotspur have just made another new signing, and it’s one that could be super exciting... if fans can be a little patient. The club has now announced the permanent transfer of 20-year old Spanish attacking midfielder Bryan Gil, who is joining the club from Sevilla.
Despite what looked at first glance like some rather lackluster stats while he was on loan at (now relegated) Eibar last season, Gil is considered one of the most exciting and promising young players in Spain. Deployed primarily as a left sided winger, he can also play on the right and is particularly adept at dribbling and progressing the ball into the box as well as service from the flanks. It is thought that Nuno Espirito Santo will work to develop him into an all-around talent that can also play centrally.
Gil, currently at the Olympics in Tokyo, is reportedly joining for a fee of €25m, but the fee is only that low because the transfer also includes eight year Spurs veteran Erik Lamela going the other way. Lamela, the last of the so-called Bale Seven, purchased with the proceeds from the sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, is reportedly signing a three year deal at Sevilla and leaves the club (along with his sharp elbows) as one of the most outstanding club servants of the past decade and a cult favorite player among certain segments of the Tottenham fanbase. More on him later.
Gil is considered a player with a almost limitless ceiling, but is still something of a diamond in the rough that will need some polish before Nuno gets the best out of him. That’s okay. Tottenham have been getting older and older over the past couple of years, so the signing of a 20-year old Spanish wonderkid who looks like a cross between Big Bird and Howard from the Big Bang Theory is something that all fans can hang their hopes on.
Welcome to Tottenham, Bryan Gil! You have AWFULLY big shithouse shoes to fill.