Tottenham fans are going to have to wait a little while longer to get a glimpse of Bryan Gil in a Spurs shirt due to his participation in the Olympic Games.
Joining the Lilywhites on Monday from Sevilla in a deal that saw Erik Lamela head in the opposite direction, Gil is currently out in Tokyo representing Spain as they look to win Olympic gold.
Set to miss all of pre-season training under Nuno Espirito Santo if his country advance to the final week of the competition, much is expected of the 20-year-old in N17 over the coming years after making quite a name for himself in his homeland since bursting onto the scene.
Struggling for action in the 2019/20 season at Sevilla as he linked up with Leganes on loan, Gil once again headed out on loan last campaign as he joined Eibar back in October.
A huge hit with the La Liga side as he scored four goals in his 29 appearances and dazzled down the wing, the youngster unfortunately couldn’t help the team keep their place in the top flight.
Speaking to Marca, José Luis Mendilibar, who was in charge of Eibar before departing following their relegation, has hailed the Spurs attacker and made a big comparison to Man City great David Silva.
“It’s a great signing for Tottenham and a good step for Bryan,” he said Mendilibar in an interview with the Madrid-based newspaper (via Sport Witness).
“When he said goodbye, I told his agent that a club was coming with money and he wasn’t going back to Sevilla… and that’s how it was.
“He can handle the 90 minutes well and makes great efforts.
“Someone may think what he’s going to do with that little body, but Bryan is a different player: skilled, fast, with guts.
“When David [Silva] arrived at the Premier I also read a [Manchester] City player saying that he was small and look what he has been doing for 10 years. He only needed to win the Champions League.”
Mendilibar also opened up on how he helped Gil become better on the pitch and what he needs to work on if he is to improve even further.
“When he arrived at Eibar, both in training and in games, he played from receiving,” he added.
“I told him: ‘You have to try to steal because the rivals are not ready to defend you.’ He must improve that, be more rogue.”
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Source by Football London