Spanish publication, Estadio Deportivo have claimed it is beginning to look as though Tottenham were ripped off by Sevilla in the summer transfer market.
The La Liga and Premier League sides got their heads together and came up with a rather favourable swap deal for both clubs – swapping Erik Lamela for Bryan Gil.
Of course, with 20-year-old Gil having a higher ceiling, a longer contract, and youth on his side, Tottenham also had to shell out an extra £21.6m as a part of the deal (Sky Sports).
Since then, the Spain U21 international has only really been treated to cameos for Spurs or appearances in lesser competitions such as the Europa Conference League. However, it must be said he has looked bright in that time.
Erik Lamela, on the other hand, has hit the ground running in Spain, scoring three goals and assisting one in six La Liga games, starting just two of them (TransferMarkt).
Estadio Deportivo ran an article on the matter this week with the headline, ‘Hands up, this is a robbery!’
The article revolves around Monchi, the man who orchestrated the deal for Sevilla, suggesting he must have walked into the meeting with Spurs and declared the aforementioned headline.
They also add that Monchi wanted Lamela when he was just 12-years-old but finally got his man when he ‘sat down to negotiate with Tottenham last summer in a complex operation in which Bryan Gil was the cornerstone’.
Spurs Web Opinion:
Lamela is and always has been a fantastic player. The speed and aggression of the Premier League just didn’t play into his hands with injuries. However, I still feel that Spurs got the better end of the deal as I am convinced Bryan Gil will come good.
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