‘That kind of money’ – Michael Dawson questions Paratici’s summer purchase 

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Former Tottenham defender Michael Dawson has questioned why the club shelled out big money to sign Bryan Gil from Sevilla last summer, only to let the winger leave on loan during the January transfer window.

Gil completed a loan move to Valencia on transfer deadline day, just six months on from joining Spurs from Sevilla. 

The youngster struggled to get consistent game time under his belt in North London during the first half of the season, having failed to make a single start in the Premier League under either Nuno Espirito Santo or Antonio Conte (Transfermarkt).

The 20-year-old has had a promising start at the Mestalla, showing the kind of quality that he did during his loan spell at Eibar last season, which convinced the Spurs hierarchy to snap up the youngster in the first place.

According to reports, Tottenham are hopeful that Gil has a future at the club and expect him to return to Hotspur Way in the summer (The Evening Standard). 

However, Dawson questioned the logic of spending the sort of money that Spurs did on Gil if he was not going to be an important part of the squad.

The former Tottenham centre-back told Sky Sports News (1:21 pm, February 12, 2022): “You paid £20 million+, and you let Lamela go as well as part of the deal.

“So you are looking at £40-£50 million worth of player there and he has gone out on loan six months later.

“It’s obviously for his development, I get that, but you are paying that kind of money, for Spurs, you have to bring a player in who can improve the team, not the squad.”

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There is no doubting the fact that Gil has an abundance of talent and he still has plenty of time to evolve into a finished product. 

Even if the 20-year-old never fully adapts to the Premier League, I suspect that Spurs will be able to get back a significant portion of the amount they invested in him, given how highly Gil is thought of in Spain.

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