Tottenham Hotspur’s Bryan Gil tipped to return to Valencia by former Spurs defender
Former Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa defender Alan Hutton has advised Bryan Gil not to join a Championship club as they are too ‘physical’.
The Spanish winger joined the Lilywhites in the summer of 2021 but has had a very hard time adjusting to life in the English Premier League. Gil’s minutes have been restricted.
He was deemed expendable in January and allowed to join Valencia on a short-term loan spell. It seemed as if he would leave on a temporary transfer again this summer.
But it wasn’t meant to be. Instead, he stayed, but all that has done is stunt his development due to not getting enough first-team minutes. Despite our rampant injury problems in attack, Gil has played just 73 minutes of senior football for us this season.
Gil back to Valencia?
Now, it has been said that the Spanish winger could leave N17 for more minutes in the January transfer window. As has been the case with many Premier League youngsters in the past, the Championship offers a route towards more playing time while staying closer to home.
The second division of English football provides a good introduction to PL football and is an important stepping stone in the careers of many footballers. Gil, however, has been tipped to avoid the league due to their physicality.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, Hutton stated:
“His skill level is way up there, but his physicality is not there for the Championship. I have had to play there before. Everybody is 110 per cent committed, they are physical. If you are looking at going back to Spain, these type of things where his profile fits in so much better.”
“He is technically gifted, he gets that time on the ball and makes things happen. He is probably looking to go back home, a team like Valencia that would suit his talents.”
Liverpool’s experience with Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas shows that technically gifted footballers from that part of Europe could struggle adapting to the trials and tribulations of Premier League football.
It is too early to say if Gil’s career has been a failure at Tottenham but those who have seen him would know that while he is a very technically gifted footballer, his physicality could see him getting bullied against English teams.
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A route back to Spain is wise. He has to make the most of his time wherever he goes in January – if he does leave Spurs. If it still doesn’t work out over the course of the next year and a half, perhaps Tottenham and Gil will have to make some tough decisions.