Spurs officially announced the signing of Sevilla starlet Bryan Gil, a talent labelled as the ‘little Cruyff’, in a deal which saw the club pay £21.4 million as well as give Erik Lamela to the Spanish club.
The life of Bryan. pic.twitter.com/Ds3IPhsH3A
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) July 26, 2021
Gil is a 20-year-old forward, capable of playing on either the left flank or right flank but also as a central attacking midfielder, and some are already viewing him as an upgrade on the Argentinean who failed to deliver the kind of return Spurs were expecting of him when he signed from Roma way back in 2013.
The reaction from fans to the transfer overall has been extremely positive – which you would expect from a transfer that was completed for significantly less than what Sevilla wanted a couple months ago which was €100 million.
One fan said: “Amazing news! Bryan Gil, one of the most promising young players in Spain, is now officially a Spurs player. He’ll add to our attacking qualities. Welcome to Spurs!”
— Jacinthe (@No10HarryKane) July 26, 2021
Some believe that Gil could become the club’s top talent should he continue to develop at the same rate he has over the last few seasons, with one supporter saying: “Haven’t been this excited for a new signing in a long time. Bryan is so incredibly talented & could become the centrepiece of our team. Let’s be patient though.”
Haven't been this excited for a new signing in a long time. Bryan is so incredibly talented & could become the centrepiece of our team. Let's be patient though 😅 https://t.co/zaJc2JZIWp
— SHARKY (@Belgian_Hotspur) July 26, 2021
Even rival fans were worried about the quality of Gil and that Spurs were able to persuade him to sign, with one Arsenal fan saying: “This is a top top class signing. Probably the first time im jealous of a signing after Ndombele.”
This is a top top class signing. Probably the first time im jealous of a signing after Ndombele https://t.co/FBcIrBq6bm
— z (@PrivArsenaIZ) July 26, 2021
There is a fear that Gil will be hyped up too much and therefore not reach expectations laid out by some supporters, which was summed up perfectly by Spurs fan Jill, who wrote: “Spurs fans, let’s give him time, OK. Coming from the Olympics, missing preseason, different country, very young. Maybe he’ll hit the ground running but expectations shouldn’t be too high for this season. Let’s not judge too quickly”
Spurs fans, let's give him time, OK. Coming from the Olympics, missing preseason, different country, very young. Maybe he'll hit the ground running but expectations shouldn't be too high for this season. Let's not judge too quickly. #COYS
— Jill Lewis (@jilllewis33) July 26, 2021
It’s certainly shaping up to be an exciting season, with more incomings set to join Gil and goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini, who became a Spurs player last week.