Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Bryan Gil has been backed to stake a claim in Antonio Conte’s side.
The Lowdown: Gil’s lack of minutes
Having made just three substitute appearances in the Champions League prior to Saturday’s dramatic win over the Cherries, it’s safe to say that the Spaniard is not particularly high up in Conte’s pecking order as things stand.
However, following his cameo on the south coast, the 21-year-old has been backed to become a more prominent figure in the Italian’s team.
The Latest: Time to shine
Speaking to Football Insider, Spurs ‘expert’ John Wenham of Lilywhite Rose has called for Gil to be used far more regularly by Conte, believing that the youngster could ‘stake a claim’ for frequent game-time.
He said: “The only positive I took from our recent draw against Sporting was Bryan Gil’s cameo.
“He causes problems, he’s small and diminutive and when he gets on the ball he just runs at you. He has those quick feet that cause issues for opposition defenders.
“Either take him out or he gets past you. I really do want to see him featuring more often now. While we haven’t got [Dejan] Kulusevski, Gil is a genuine option for us.
“Even if he comes on for the last half an hour of Premier League games, now is his chance. I want to see him used far more. He has a huge chance to stake a claim now.”
The Verdict: A good option for Conte
Despite only coming on in the 84th minute against Bournemouth, the youngster still managed to complete all seven passes that he attempted, along with winning one duel and making one tackle.
This shows that he can be a useful option off the bench for Spurs and do his bit both in and out of possession.
Across the 39 minutes of Champions League action that he has played this season, the midfielder has racked up five shot-creating actions (SCAs), leaving him with the highest rate of SCAs per 90 minutes in the Spurs squad (11.84).
With the likes of Richarlison and Kulusevski out injured, it would definitely be worth handing Gil some more minutes to impress and stake a claim in Conte’s team.
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