According to Fabrizio Romano, Tottenham are eyeing a summer swoop for Bryan Gil. They are apparently in talks with Sevilla over a potential swap deal involving Erik Lamela. Both the players are set to leave their respective clubs permanently, with Spurs expected to pay around €25 million for the services of Gil, who, in turn, will sign a contract until 2026.
Erik Lamela’s Struggles At Tottenham
Tottenham Hotspur‘s desire to cash in on Erik Lamela is hardly surprising, as the attacker has never really managed to fulfil his potential after joining from AS Roma in 2013. He was a part of the large contingent of players that arrived at the club, following the departure of Gareth Bale.
During his ongoing eight-year spell at Spurs, Lamela has notched up over 250 competitive appearances for the club. However, the winger is yet to establish himself as a regular first-team starter, while injuries haven’t been kind to him either.
Moreover, the Argentine has often lacked quality going forward. His direct, one-dimensional style of football has barely offered Tottenham any variety in the final third, with the former Roma forward notably scoring just one goal in 23 league games last season.
The departure of Lamela, therefore, should be good riddance for Spurs, as they look to filter out their squad ahead of the new season. It will be interesting to see whether the attacker can revive his career after leaving England.
Bryan Gil: Just What Nuno Needs?
A native of Cadiz, Bryan Gil has established himself as one of the finest young talents in Spain. Although the 20-year-old is yet to make a breakthrough at his parent club Sevilla, the attacker enjoyed a successful campaign on loan at Cadiz last season.
A left-winger by trade, Gil was involved in 7 goals in 28 league appearances, helping Cadiz attain a respectable mid-table finish. While his numbers aren’t particularly eye-catching, the youngster turned many heads with his technical prowess and quality in possession.
It should serve Tottenham Hotspur well, as they look to bolster their attacking ranks. From a sporting perspective, Gil is likely to be considered as a direct replacement for Lamela, as he looks to add competition for the likes of Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn.
The Spaniard’s technical ability should help him gel well with Son Heung-Min and Giovani Lo Celso. He offers a lot of tactical versatility as well, thus allowing Nuno Espirito Santo to effortlessly accommodate him in the starting eleven. And at the age of 20, he should indeed be a smart long-term investment for the Lilywhites.