Former Tottenham Hotspur defender Alan Hutton has called for Bryan Gil to be unleashed on Thursday.
The Lowdown: Barely seen so far
Gil, 20, started both games of the Europa Conference League qualifying success over Portugeuse side Pacos Ferreira but wasn’t called upon off the bench in Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at Crystal Palace.
With Heung-Min Son and Steven Bergwijn out, Spurs struggled to break down Palace’s defence and lacked any creativity in the final third, but those injuries mean the Spaniard could now start in France.
The Latest: Hutton calls for Gil involvement
Speaking to Football Insider, former Spurs defender Alan Hutton has claimed the barely seen summer signing must start on Thursday night against Rennes.
Hutton believes Gil could help Nuno Espirito Santo with his creativity and the Spanish winger has the ability to ‘unlock defences’.
“I like him. When he signed, I obviously looked him up and he looks really tricky and really good on the ball.
“He’s a player that can split open defences, and probably what they were crying out for the other day against Palace,” Hutton said.
“It would be nice to see him against Rennes and beyond because I think he could really unlock defences in the Premier League.”
The Verdict: Gil could make a difference
Last season in La Liga, Gil made 29 appearances for Sevilla, scoring three and assisting three times to help the club qualify for the Champions League.
Hailed a ‘very talented player‘ by Kevin Campbell, Gil’s talent is likely to be showcased in Thursday’s Europa Conference League group stage qualifier and, if impressive against Rennes, will warrant the chance to feature in Sunday’s big game with Chelsea.
The absence of Son and Bergwijn means the door is well and truly open for the 20-year-old to impress and become a first-team regular for his new club so early in his career.
In other news, Spurs have made movements in securing the services of highly-rated midfielder. Find out more here.
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