Journalist Pete O’Rourke has made an intriguing claim involving Tottenham Hotspur forward Bryan Gil.
The lowdown: Hot prospect
Signed from Sevilla for £21.6m (Sky Sports) just under a year ago, the 21-year-old only provided one assist in 20 outings for Spurs before returning to Spain to join Valencia on loan in January until the end of the 2021/22 campaign.
The Spanish youth international made 17 appearances for the La Liga outfit and had previously been part of the under-19 national team which lifted the European Championship title in that age category.
Having now returned to his parent club for pre-season duty, Gil started the 6-3 victory over the K-League Stars in South Korea during the week, and one well-informed onlooker has suggested that the Spaniard could play a part in Antonio Conte’s side next season…
The latest: ‘Great opportunity’
Speaking to GiveMeSport, O’Rourke claimed that the 21-year-old could save Tottenham from re-entering the transfer market.
The journalist said: “It could be a great opportunity for Gil. He’s obviously hit the ground running in pre-season.
“If he catches the eye of Antonio Conte over the next few weeks, he could play his way into his plans going forward and he could save Spurs a bit of money in the transfer market if Gil does show what he has previously shown in Spain.”
The verdict: Fringe role at best
Irrespective of how the talented Spaniard fares over the coming weeks, it still seems unlikely that Gil will earn a major role in Conte’s plans at Tottenham.
With wide options such as Lucas Moura, Dejan Kulesevski, Son Heung-min and summer signing Richarlison all in situ, there is already fierce competition to start in the big games.
However, the youngster – who was praised for his ‘incredible energy and pressing’ by Spurs writer Seb Jenkins during the recent K-League Stars clash – could still remain on the periphery of the squad and potentially play a leading role in the domestic cup competitions in what looks set to be a gruelling season for Conte’s charges.
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