Who is Bryan Gil? The winger likened to Neymar and wanted by Barcelona and Real Madrid

Martin Macdonald
Who is Bryan Gil? The winger likened to Neymar and wanted by Barcelona and Real Madrid

Sevilla and the Spanish national team could have a future superstar on their hands in the form of young winger Bryan Gil.

Gil is a 20-year-old wideman who is currently plying his trade with Eibar, on loan from Sevilla.

He has been part of the youth setup at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan since the age of 11, having joined from local club Barbate FC in 2012.

What position does Bryan Gil play in?

In what is a bit of a rarity these days, Gil plays as a left-footed winger on the left flank. He is normally deployed further forward in an attacking midfield role but can also play deeper at left midfield. If asked, he can play as a wing-back, though this will be with a view to attack forward.

How good is Bryan Gil?

After starring for Sevilla B, he made his first-team debut for Los Nervionenses in January of 2019 in a league match against Atletico Madrid when he came on as a substitute for Wissam Ben Yedder.

Within the 2018/19 campaign, Gil would go on to make 10 appearances, all off the bench.

In that run of games, he scored his first senior goal in a 5-0 rout of Rayo Vallecano which saw him become the first player born in the 21st Century to find the back of the net in La Liga.

To aid his development, he was sent out on loan to Eibar for the duration of the 2020/21 season, and has impressed for the Basque side.

Though there is undoubted talent there which can be seen in his performances, his numbers could be better, as he only has three goals and two assists in 19 starts in La Liga.

He completes a healthy 2.5 dribbles per game, but his talent this campaign is with his crossing, as his 8.2 successful crosses per 90 minutes is the sixth-best tally in the entire division for players who have played over 500 minutes.

Gil is a throwback of sorts as he plays as a traditional winger on the left wing, while he is also left-footed, meaning that he tends to go down the touchline rather than cutting inside, which provides further insight into his excellent crossing numbers.

Legendary Barcelona scout German Vaya, known as ‘Mani’, compared him to Neymar no less.

“Right now he is Spain’s best footballer and I compare him with Neymar,” Mani said on Cadena SER’s ‘Que T’hi Jugues’

“He can do certain things and has great versatility, as he can play at full-back in the middle or on the left wing. It’s impressive.

“I have spoken with Roman Planes [Barcelona director] about him and he has Bryan Gil in mind.

What clubs are interested in Bryan Gil?

At the moment, Gil has a €50 million release clause with Sevilla and that is beginning to worry the club who feel that number might not put off his two biggest suitors, Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Sevilla are hoping to convince the young winger to sign a new, extended deal with the Andalusian side that would significantly increase his wages, as well as his release clause to €100m.

Though a future transfer to one of the Clasico sides does seem likely due to his talents, it is unlikely that either side will fork out for his release clause this summer.

Barcelona don’t really have any money to spend and will focus on the acquisition of free transfers, while Real Madrid will put all their resources into the signing of Kylian Mbappe or Erling Haaland.

When does Bryan Gil’s contract expire?

Gil’s current deal with Sevilla runs until 2023.

What is Bryan Gil’s Instagram?

Gil’s Instagram account has 79k followers as of March 2021.

Who is Bryan Gil’s girlfriend?

Gil is not currently dating anyone publicly.