Antonio Conte may have some transfer regret at Tottenham Hotspur as Bryan Gil has already made his mark at Valencia…
On deadline day, the Italian head coach sanctioned the loan departure of the 20-year-old gem, who was only signed from LaLiga rivals Sevilla in a £21.6m swap deal involving Erik Lamela in the summer.
The young Spaniard had found game time hard to come by under both of Spurs’ managers this season, managing only 756 minutes across 20 appearances, in which he’s delivered just the one assist, via Transfermarkt.
Therefore, the decision to send him out for the remainder of the season looks to be a smart one on the face of it but we already knew what he could do in the Spanish top-flight, so perhaps a switch to another Premier League side would’ve been more suffice.
But he has already made his mark at Los Che in just two appearances.
Gil has played in two 90 minute matches since arriving at the Mestalla. He featured in their Copa del Rey quarter-final win over Cadiz last week before the weekend’s 0-0 draw with Real Sociedad in LaLiga.
According to Spanish newspaper El Desmarque, the 20-year-old is already a ‘darling of the supporters’ and has earned comparisons to David Silva, who is something of a club legend and that sort of praise isn’t said lightly.
‘In addition, his exquisite control and his vision of the game greatly favours the team when it comes to adding magic in every detail he leaves.
‘The boy even took command in every offensive action of Valencia CF. He was encouraged to take free kicks, hang corner kicks and dribble on the edge of the box.
‘In the second half he leaked a tremendous ball through to Maxi Gómez that Alex Remiro blocked. In the purest David Silva style, magical,’ they wrote (via Sport Witness).
Indeed, the £25m-rated winger completed all five of his dribbles against Cadiz, the most of any Valencia player this season and also won 90% of his ten ground duels up against the opposition before going on to create two key passes and have four shots against Sociedad, as per SofaScore.
His new boss Jose Bordalas has also been left impressed by his instant impact, having claimed that Gil is a “difference-maker” on the pitch, something that Spurs may well be lacking in the final third right now.
Once dubbed a “big talent” by talent scout Jacek Kulig, Conte will surely be kicking himself to have sanctioned the Spaniard’s departure so early, even more so in hindsight.
For Spurs’ sake, they will be hoping that Gil kicks on for the remainder of the season in a bid to integrate him properly next season. If he continues to deliver, then it won’t be a good look in the short term for the Italian and the club.