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21 Jul, 12 tweets, 3 min read
Bryan Gil. He’s a player I’ve followed for a while now, his recent transfer to Tottenham could be described as a marriage of convenience. I’ll put a few words together, dissecting his profile, providing my opinion on the transfer and how both parties can benefit, tactically.
The transfer in itself is very well constructed. €25M for a player of that calibre is top business, especially given the apparent ‘financial constraints.’ Lamela’s sale is another plus, he’s a tactical nightmare, Gil’s skillset is far more maleable.
Tottenham’s necessity for a right-winger dates back to 2015. Pochettino’s system didn’t require an orthodox right winger, hence the lack of emphasis on recruiting one. I described Lamela as a tactical havoc due to his limited skillset.
Lamela, albeit a faithful servant never had the technical or tactical quality to hold down a right-wing role. Lamela’s inability to carry outwards limited his potency out wide, his indiscipline prevented him from playing centrally. Gil’s an upgrade in that regard.
Gil’s biggest quality is his willingness to engage in isolated duels against full backs. Gil produced off the left but, his potential was barely seen due to limitations, in regards to angles. When carrying, he inevitably moved onto his left, giving full-backs spatial control.
Gil’s a player I’d best describe as a lock-breaker, I compared him to Kingsley Coman, due to their willingness to engage. As a high volume dribbler, he’ll be invaluable against low, settled blocks, when Spurs are chasing games. In this game-state, he’d be better off the left.
If the rumours are true, NES will utilise an asymmetric 3-2-4-1 in possession. I referenced the need for 1v1 specialists on the underloaded side, Gil fits a left sided role. Gil’s inclusion provides positional conflict with Sergio Reguillon though.
Playing Gil as an auxiliary #10 works, due to his comfort when receiving on the half turn + assertiveness when carrying. Gil doesn’t get knocked off the ball easily, without the use of brute force. He’ll be a foul magnet but ideally, he’ll need to bulk.
To best maximise his skillset; ball-striking, carrying & control in tight areas, he needs to play off the right. Gil’s comfort on the byline allows him to play with an inverted FB. His crossing ability from deep, paired with the quality of penetration Spurs have, will be a...
chance creation tool next season. Gil’s ball carrying over large distances is enhanced by his ball control, allows him to shoot without losing real balance/momentum. This adds a different dimension, his left sidedness enhances Tottenham’s attacking dynamics, massively.
Overall, Gil’s an excellent signing for Tottenham. If utilised properly, he’ll solve a lot of tactical headaches, which have plagued Tottenham for years.

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21 Jul
White goes to ground very easily, he seems to lack control in that regard. This clip, a bad one in this general context, really magnifies his flaws. Body shape is completely wrong even when sliding, doesn’t close any angles, hands Rashford total control.
The second attempted challenge hands Rashford initiative, allows him to cut back onto his left at a favourable angle. Maintaining a compact, standing position would’ve delayed Rashford. Now, combine that with the presence of a runner retreating near Rashford.
Even the first challenge, it’s cheating almost. He jumps away from Rashford & doesn’t even control his movement. If you’re going to fly into blocks/challenges, you have to engage touch-tight with the ball handler.
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