Tottenham have been told why Valencia loanee Bryan Gil is now showing the form that inspired them to fork out £21.6million for his signature last summer.
The winger was heralded as a top signing when he arrived from Sevilla after an impressive loan spell at Eibar last season. However, things did not work out under Nuno Espirito Santo and then Antonio Conte.
Gil was shipped back to Spain in January, joining Giovani Lo Celso, Tanguy Ndombele and Dele Alli out of the door.
Spurs, in turn, brought in Dejan Kulusevski on loan and Rodrigo Bentancur on a permanent deal from Juventus.
But Gil has now got his career back on track after just 87 minutes of Premier League action with Tottenham. And Spain international Under-21 manager Luis De la Fuente believes that is because is trusted by his new club.
“I have always demanded opportunities for these players, confidence and continuity,” de la Fuente said to Super Deporte. “Now he has found it in Valencia. If you trust them, they never fail.
“They are top players. He has the opportunity. They trust him, and he has spectacular mental strength. He hasn’t reached his ceiling yet.”
Gil has so far made five LaLiga starts for Valencia and admitted life in England was tough.
“Every player needs to have continuity, to feel important. Here, at Valencia, I feel (important) from the first day,” Gil said to AS.
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“Not playing affects you on a day-to-day basis, obviously, because you are sadder and more downcast. But it is part of football and you have to accept it.
Gil admits struggles over adapting
“In the Premier League, training sessions are very physical, very hard. And that has helped me not to feel fatigued now.
“The adaptation, for me, was difficult. It is very physical football. Back and forth. Being there has been good for me, even if I didn’t play as much as I wanted. I’m more mature.
“I changed habits like eating. I had a chef at home and I gained two kilos. Even so, I noticed that it was not enough for the physical level that exists in the Premier League.”
Gil is, however, still hoping to return to Tottenham as an improved player who can help in the future.
He added: “At Valencia, I continue to work hard on endurance, physicality, in case I have to come back.
“I belong to Tottenham and they are the ones who have to decide (my future). It’s not up to me. (Whether I stay at Valencia) will depend on the clubs.”