• July 30, 2021

Exclusive: Tottenham target Bryan Gil loves a nutmeg like Harry Kane and Dele Alli, matching Lionel Messi tally

 Exclusive: Tottenham target Bryan Gil loves a nutmeg like Harry Kane and Dele Alli, matching Lionel Messi tally


Ever since that Brazil vs Portugal Nike advert in 2004, we’ve all been a little bit obsessed with nutmegs.

It’s such a simple joy, putting the ball through someone else’s legs.

Good luck getting the ball off Bryan Gil

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Good luck getting the ball off Bryan Gil

Designed to humiliate, the act must be followed by a proud declaration of your preferred phrase.

‘MEGS’ or ‘NUTS’ – depending on which part of the country you’re from. ‘OLE’ if you’re Luis Figo or Roberto Carlos.

It’s a tradition which extends to the height of our game. While Tottenham may have finished seventh in the Premier League last term, they could soon be top where it really matters: the nutmeg table.

With Dele Alli, Tanguy Ndombele and Harry Kane, Spurs should take the crown every season. Remember that time Alli nutmegged a referee?

But despite a big showing from Kane with eight, they finished fourth in 2020/21 on 34 nutmegs, while Fulham, Leeds and Manchester United shared the title with 35.

For the Red Devils, that was mainly down to Marcus Rashford, who delivered double the nutmegs of any other player in the league with 21 on his own.

However, Tottenham will mount a strong challenge to reclaim glory this upcoming season with the imminent arrival of Bryan Gil.

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The Sevilla forward, who spent last season on loan at Eibar, is expected to join Spurs in a swap deal which would see Erik Lamela head to Spain.

Despite being 20, Gil is something of a throwback: one of those wingers who just loves to take people on.

The Spaniard, part of his country’s Olympic squad this summer, could nutmeg a mermaid and registered the same number as Lionel Messi in La Liga last season.

Gil is one of the finest dribblers in Spain

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Gil is one of the finest dribblers in Spain

While Kane was the sixth most prolific megger of nuts in the Premier League, Gil finished seventh in the Spanish top-flight alongside Messi.

Let’s not forget, Alli once achieved 14 nutmegs in the 2016/17 season, while Ndombele bagged six with Lyon in 2018/19.

Essentially, Spurs are very well placed to win the title next season. Sort of.





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