Nuno Espirito Santo comments on new Tottenham player
Nuno Espirito Santo has told his post-match press conference – as per Football London – that new Tottenham signing Bryan Gil needs to improve.
Gil, 20, caught the eye on Thursday with a sparkling display in a slightly different role to the one many expected. He played in a midfield three.
He occupied the position that Dele Alli has taken up in the Premier League. More attacking than the other midfielders, but deeper than the front three.
The Spanish wonderkid notched an assist, cutting back to Harry Kane for Tottenham’s opener. He was excellent, impressing Graham Roberts.
But Nuno brought him back down to earth. Speaking in his post-match press conference, Nuno reminded Gil that he has plenty of work to do.
“Bryan did a good game in a different position in midfield. He was full of energy – this is what we want, reaction to loss of the ball, talent,” Nuno said.
“He brings talent. But every time he is in the final third of the pitch he needs to improve in his decision-making but we are here to support him.”
Nuno on Gil: Harsh on Tottenham star, or a reminder?
The latter. Gil could easily get caught up in the praise he is receiving on social media. At Sevilla, he would not have got this sort of traction.
Sevilla are a big club, but Tottenham are one of the 12 supposed members of the Super League. Bringing him back down to earth is good management.
Gil must also remember that while he was excellent on Thursday, it was against a mid-table Portuguese side in Pacos de Ferreira.
There is clearly a long way to go before Nuno feels he is ready to start a Premier League match. But all the signs are there.
Tottenham fans should be really excited by his performance – but equally, they should be impressed by Nuno’s comments on Gil after the match.
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