Erik Lamela has claimed that Bryan Gil, who moved to Tottenham as part of a swap deal that took the Argentine to Sevilla, has the potential to be a future star.
Tottenham agreed on a deal of £21m plus Lamela for Gil this summer, with the move bringing an end to Argentina’s nine-year spell in North London.
Although the 29-year-old did not quite deliver what Spurs would have hoped for when they shelled out £25.8m to sign him from Roma in 2013, he did become a cult hero among the fans thanks to his team-first attitude and excellent work rate.
So while the Tottenham faithful would have been sad to see the midfielder go, they can look forward to watching a new exciting talent in Gil, who has been tipped for superstardom.
The 20-year-old showed glimpses of his quality in Tottenham’s 3-0 win over Pacos De Ferriera two weeks ago and Nuno Espirito Santo will be hoping that he can translate that form into the Premier League once he settles in.
Lamela admitted that he has heard positive things about the Spaniard and insisted the Tottenham dressing room will help the youngster settle feel comfortable in his new surroundings.
When asked about Gil, the former Spurs man, who has started the season on fire for Sevilla with three goals in three appearances, told AS: “They spoke highly of him [Gil] to me. He has great potential; he is very young.
“As soon as this possibility arose, I was very excited. I really wanted to come.
When asked what advice he would give Gil, Lamela quipped: “Let him [Gil] buy an umbrella (laughs).
“Seriously, enjoy yourself, because the Premier League is an incredible league.
“I saw him in a match and he has a lot of future ahead of him. Tottenham are a good group, they will receive you well.”
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Based on the role Gil played against Pacos, it does appear as if Nuno plans on using him centrally instead of out wide. I am really excited to see how he will develop over the next couple of years.
However, Spurs fans need to stay patient with him as he will likely take a season to get adjusted to the demands of the Premier League.
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