La Liga expert explains the interesting new role Bryan Gil is playing at Sevilla

La Liga expert Terry Gibson has revealed that Brayn Gil is shining in a unique role at Sevilla, with the Tottenham man playing as a winger in possession and dropping back to make it a back five without the ball.

Although Gil did get some minutes under his belt at Spurs during January, it had largely been another season to forget for the winger in North London as he had been used extremely sparingly by Antonio Conte.

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It was understandable why he wanted to leave the club after Tottenham’s acquisition of Arnaut Danjuma and the 22-year-old eventually got his wish just before transfer deadline day, completing a return to Sevilla on loan.

The Spain international has been getting regular minutes under his belt back at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium and has already made a decisive impact on a couple of occasions.

He found the back of the net in the 2-0 win over Mallorca and set up Erik Lamela’s match-winner in the 2-1 win over Almeria on Sunday.

Gibson has now praised the on-loan Tottenham man for adapting to the new role he has played under Jorge Sampaoli.

He said on El Tel and Jon’s La Liga Weekly podcast: “I don’t know what (Sampaoli’s) best line-up is at the moment.

“I’m not sure he does, because it changes from game to game. In this case, his changes made a difference and they worked.

“Bryan Gil played particularly well. Gil played wing-back but he played like a winger; got wide, got the cross in for Lamela and did some good work other than making the goal.” 

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While Gil possesses the engine to play as a wing-back, one can understand why Conte was hesitant to use the Spaniard in that position as the Italian prefers his wing-back to be physically strong and win aerial duals, which is certainly not the 22-year-old’s strength.

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