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Spurs target Bryan Gil could be Nuno’s next Pedro Neto

Tottenham Hotspur are closing in on the signing of Bryan Gil from Sevilla…

What’s the word?

That’s according to renowned Italian transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, who claims that a swap deal involving Erik Lamela is nearing completion. He tweeted:

“Paperworks stage in the next hours between Tottenham and Sevilla for Bryan Gil-Erik Lamela swap deal. It’s confirmed and done, both will move on permanent.

“Bryan Gil set to sign until June 2026 as Spurs player. €25m to Sevilla as included fee, confirmed.”

Are you excited to see Bryan Gil at Spurs?

Absolutely!

Absolutely!

No way, who?

No way, who?

The 20-year-old gem is currently at the Olympics for his national side, Spain, so it may be a while until we see an official announcement surrounding the deal.

But Spurs’ interest should come as no surprise.

Nuno’s next Neto

New sporting director Fabio Paratici learned of Gil’s availability when trying to pursue a move for his Seville teammate, Jules Kounde, as per The Athletic.

He’s a player that will undoubtedly leave Nuno Santo excited.

As a promising left-footed winger, you could be forgiven for thinking that Gil would be a like-for-like replacement for Real Madrid loanee Gareth Bale, a player who has thrived off cutting inside on the right and firing off thunderous strikes.

Gil is said to have a “left foot made of pure gold” and has been described as a “flamboyant winger” by football scout Jacek Kulig.

However, Nuno is quite old-school when it comes to his wide men, in the sense that he’ll deploy the left-footer on the left and the right-footer on the right.

As a result, the young Spanish prospect could draw some similarities to that of Pedro Neto, the Portuguese sensation who thrived under his fellow countryman at Wolves.

Gil and Neto played at a similar output throughout 2020/21 and had the latter been given the services of Raul Jimenez – who suffered a cruel head injury that ended his season – then you could argue that he’d have been even better.

As seen in the following graph (via Twenty3), neither are your goalscoring winger a la a Mo Salah or even a Heung-min Son but rather, they are electrifying dribblers who like to get at the full-back instead of cutting inside. A provider, of sorts.

Indeed, Gil only provided four goals and four assists across all competitions last term, but at just 20, he’s still immensely raw and fits the profile of someone that Nuno will be capable of improving tenfold. As seen with Neto and especially Adama Traore at Molineux.

The Spanish wonderkid averaged 1.7 crosses and 1.9 key passes per 90 in La Liga, via WhoScored, which suggests he’s very effective at creating chances for his teammates and that sort of output should leave Harry Kane dreaming about the mouth-watering prospect of some much-needed service.

No Spurs player averaged more than one cross per game in the Premier League last season and similarly, nobody outside of Kane and Son managed an average better than 1.1 key passes per game, via WhoScored.

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Gil, who has been dubbed a “big talent” with “huge, huge potential“, could well become Nuno’s next Neto at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Whilst he’s never going to pull up Son-like numbers in terms of goals, the £27m-rated dynamo certainly going to provide Spurs’ two key talisman with plenty of chances as a “very exciting talent.

Perhaps Spurs are finally getting that traditional left-footer that they have lacked for ever so long. What a signing this could be.

AND in other news, Alasdair Gold drops huge Spurs transfer claim

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