Tottenham Hotspur winger Bryan Gil is still widely regarded as one of the most talented upcoming youngsters in world football right now among some scouts in Spain, according to Alasdair Gold.
Tottenham bought Gil from Sevilla in a cash plus exchange deal that included £21.4 million and Erik Lamela last year (The Guardian). The youngster arrived with big expectations because of the potential he had shown during his time in Spain.
However, Gil failed to showcase that promise consistently in England under Nuno Espirito Santo and Antonio Conte, even if there were flashes of technical brilliance at times. He was loaned back to Valencia in January to help him develop with more regular minutes.
Gil had a solid start to his time at Mestalla, but an injury at an unfortunate moment put a halt to his progress. He has returned to Spurs this summer and was part of the pre-season squad, where he did a solid job in the minutes he was given by Conte.
Despite that, there are question marks over Gil’s long-term future at the North London club, especially due to Conte questioning the Spaniard’s suitability for Premier League football in the previous campaign (Football.London).
Gold has expressed that Gil could still be a great acquisition by Conte’s side if the attacker is given the right guidance. The Football.London correspondent pointed out how highly rated the 22-year-old is in Spain even now and that a scout from Barcelona once claimed he was the most talented youngster he had seen since Neymar.
Gold spoke on his YouTube channel: “I know Conte said physically he’s not ready for the Premier League, but also on the flip side I honestly think if Gil was to stick around he would continue to be in this squad and I think it would help to develop him.
“I do think, and I’m not alone in this, a lot of top scouts in Spain believe that he’s going to be one of the best young players around. I remember once how a Barcelona scout said that he thought he was the most talented player he’s seen in a match since Neymar.”
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Tottenham saw Steven Bergwijn leave for Ajax in a deal worth £26million in this summer transfer window (BBC Sport).
Spurs did bring in Richarlison from Everton for £60million (The Telegraph), and the Brazilian can cover anywhere across the front line. However, it would be best to use Richarlison as a backup for Harry Kane and have someone like Gil play second fiddle to Son.
Across a full season as an understudy, the young starlet would enjoy ample time to adapt to the physically dominant football in the English top flight, which, in turn, would help him to achieve his full potential.
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