Bryan Gil may well have played his last game for Tottenham Hotspur as he enjoys his time on loan with Valencia.
As a result, he was sent out on loan with Valencia for the rest of the season this January. Following some recent quotes, however, it sounds as though he could be better suited to life away from Premier League football.
With that in mind TIF has taken a look at what it all could mean.
Having paid Sevilla a reported £21.6m in a deal which also included Erik Lamela heading to Spain, Tottenham may have hoped for a little more from the youngster in his debut season.
Sadly, for both parties, he didn’t adapt to English football with great ease. In the Premier League he wasn’t even trusted to start a single game as he featured just nine times without scoring or claiming an assist.
Around this time, Gil revealed that physicality was an issue and former manager Nuno Espirito Santo asked him to put on a little muscle. He told football.london: “I’ve been requested to gain some weight, improve my physical condition and work hard.”
By the time January came around, it seemed as though all parties agreed his development was better off served elsewhere and so he joined Valencia on loan until the end of the current season.
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Back in his native Spain, things seem to be going a little better for Gil. Indeed, he has already managed to start seven La Liga games and also provided an assist for Valencia against Barcelona.
Recently, the player gave an interview that seemed to suggest he was had found adaptation to life at his new club pretty good and he was content in Spain as a result.
He told LaLiga World (via football.london): “Things have gone pretty well since I arrived and I’m very happy. It was a great decision to come here. I wanted to get games and I thought I’d get the chance here.
“Obviously when you arrive at a club you have to prove yourself. But I already knew some of the guys here, like Carlos [Soler] and Jose Gaya, and I think it helped me to settle quickly.”
That he so openly states it was ‘a great decision’ to move to the club, doesn’t bode well for Tottenham. To make things worse, his family have also suggested that he should leave north London in favour of a La Liga club in the past.
In a report by the Daily Mail, they quoted Gil as confessing: “I wanted to be here [Valencia]. My family is also very happy.
“They wanted me to return to Spain and now it’s time to enjoy the team and the city.”
All in all, it sounds as though he’s having a pretty good time away from England. Of course, the move is only a loan spell and he should return for to Spurs in the summer. Still, if he cannot settle, or impress manager Antonio Conte, during pre-season, we may well have seen Gil play his last competitive game in a Tottenham shirt.