Sporting Lisbon player Ryan Gauld has been speaking about his early months at the Portuguese club and his regret at seeing Eric Dier leave for Tottenham Hotspur so soon after his arrival.
Gauld surprised many when he swapped Dundee United for last season’s Primeira Liga runners-up in the summer for a fee in the region of £3.7million. He had previously been linked with a number of English clubs including Manchester United and Arsenal, but the teenager dubbed ‘mini Messi’ instead headed to the continent.
In an interview with the Herald Scotland, the 18-year-old has revealed that he got to know Dier well when he first moved to Lisbon.
“It was great to have Eric around,” Gauld said. “If I needed anything he was there to help. I shared a room with him in pre-season so it was good just for a chat and stuff.
“I only knew him for a few weeks, but it was like having a familiar face around. I was gutted that he moved to Spurs, because maybe the next time I share a room with somebody, we can’t speak a word to each other.”
Dier completed a bargain £4million move to Tottenham in the summer and has impressed so far, proving to be pretty adept at scoring and not just keeping the ball out at the opposite end. And Gauld has admitted he is keeping a close eye on his former teammate’s performances since his switch to North London.
Gauld himself is currently working with Sporting’s B team, and it may be a while before he breaks into his new club’s first-team. But if he can replicate the form he showed in Scotland, where he scored eight goals and provided 11 assists for United last season, he could well be a future star.