Alasdair Gold heaped the praise on Bryan Gil in terms of his ability and potential on the Gold and Guest talk Tottenham podcast.
Gil was a summer signing for Tottenham as they paid £21.6 million plus Erik Lamela to Sevilla to secure the services of the Spanish under-21 international, and with one assist in his two starts for the club so far, he appears to be settling in smoothly.
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His chances of potentially featuring from the start or gaining more minutes in the league may have increased drastically with the news that Son Heung-min could miss the club’s match on Saturday against Crystal Palace, which will leave a space in the side to be filled.
Gold spoke about what has impressed him about Gil so far and who he could replace.
“I think they’ve just got to nail down that role for him. As soon as they nail down that role, I think we’re going to see a very talented young player coming to the fore. He’s kind of got a bit of everything: he can pass, he can dribble, he’s very creative, he has clever movement.
“They’ve just got to decide, is he a guy that can ultimately become the new Eriksen, because the more and more I watch him play, I think the ability’s there to do that. Some have even made a Modric comparison and said, maybe he could end up coming even deeper and becoming that kind of player.”
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Gil has recently been confirmed as the captain of the Spanish Under-21 side – a potential indicator of his leadership qualities on the pitch, which will delight Tottenham fans as they look to the future of their side.
Spurs have been looking for a Christian Eriksen replacement even prior to the Denmark international’s departure for Inter, as his last half-season with the club saw him return just two goals and assists in 20 league appearances.
Gil is still just 20 years old, so there shouldn’t be any pressure on him to fill the boots of Eriksen or Luka Modric, as Gold mentioned, and the club should be focusing on giving him as many minutes as possible which will improve his physical attributes and knowledge of the Premier League game.