From left, Bryan Gil, Pedro Porro and Robert Sánchez. Luis Enrique summons Pedri
Robert Sánchez, an unknown goalkeeper for the general public who has dazzled in the only 17 games he has played in the Premier with Brighton; Pedro Porro, a winger-minded winger; and Bryan Gil, a dribbler with lungs, are the great novelties of Luis Enrique – in addition to the first call to Pedri, who was in the pools – in his list of summoned for the selection for the three valid matches for the World Cup qualification. Qatar 2022. This is how each of them plays:
Bryan Gil, a winger of the former
Bryan Gil (Barbate, Cádiz, 20 years old) cried when he received the news of his call for the national team. He has already played 20 games for Eibar (three goals). Gil belongs to Sevilla, where he was forged as a footballer since his youth period in 2011. The winger made his debut in the first team on January 6, 2019, playing one minute against Atlético. He has played 21 games for Sevilla and has two consecutive assignments: one to Leganés and now at Eibar.
With no place in Lopetegui's second project at Pizjuán, Gil has exploded at Eibar. He lives in Bilbao with a friend from Barbate and enjoys the food that Eibar prepares for him every day. "It's to be eaten," says Monchi, the sporting director of Se Villa, with whom he has a contract until 2023 and a 50 million euro clause. The Andalusian club seeks to renew him and raise that clause.
“They know him well in the national team, like Pedri. He has gone through all the lower categories and manages all the records of an elite footballer ", says Pablo Blanco, coordinator of the lower echelons of Sevilla. “He's an old-fashioned winger, dribbler, very powerful on the left wing. He is skinny, but he is very strong. He never gets tired and has an impressive round trip ”, clarifies the technician who knows him best. "He has the necessary speed to succeed in the First Division and in Eibar he enjoys the confidence of Mendilibar," he adds.
Pedro Porro, the winger that Guardiola
watches Pedro Porro's season (Don Benito; Badajoz; 21 years) at Sporting de Portugal has ended up culminating a career that was destined to end sooner or later with the call of the senior team. International in all categories, Porro is another one of those wingers converted to a winger who has reached the elite more for his offensive than defensive performance. "When we signed him from Don Benito, he played seven or eleven, with a different leg, and we even made him play center forward at some time," recalls Juan Pedro Navarro, Rayo Vallecano's youth football director. "He had a speed that was unstoppable, I was surprised that he reached as high as a long winger," continues Navarro.
It was Eusebio Sacristán who delayed him when the Extremadura militated in the ranks of Girona. In the youth of the Catalan club he had also stood out as a winger. Eusebio gave him the alternative in the First Division as a winger on the first day of the 18-19 season
Girona's property relations with Manchester City led the Pep Guardiola-trained club to sign him and loan him the season to Valladolid pass. With Sergio González he improved in defense. At Sporting Lisbon, also on loan, he has ratified his progression until being elected three times as defender of the month in the Portuguese league.
Robert Suárez, the goalkeeper who came out of nowhere
”He is a modern goalkeeper, tall [1.97 meters ], agile and with a very good footwork ”, they say about Robert Sánchez (Cartagena, 23 years old) in the federation. The goal of Brighton & Hove Albion is unknown to the general Spanish public and in a way even to Luis Enrique. The coach and his assistants had to inquire about his past to complete the reports they handled. "Robert appears this season, we have collected information from previous years," admitted the Asturian coach. At the age of 16 he left the Levante quarry and there is no trace of him in the lower teams. “He was a boy with the body of a man, he drank cartons and cartons of milk. We work on the coordination due to its size, in addition to its height, it has very long arms. The youth did not train in the morning and came to work with him, ”recalls Juan Luis Mora, former goalkeeper for Oviedo, Espanyol, Valencia and Levante, and goalkeeper coach for the Granota youth academy.
Sánchez made his debut in the Premier League in November with a defeat against Tottenham (2-1). The problems of the starting goalkeeper, the Australian Mat Ryan, with the Brighton coach, Graham Potter, were creating the breeding ground that led to the definitive ownership of Bob, as he is called in England. His performances against City and Arsenal made an impact. The same thing that with only 17 games has reached the senior team.
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