Antonio Conte has confirmed that Bryan Gil is his first-choice attacking option from the bench at the moment due to the injuries to Lucas Moura and Dejan Kulusevski.
Both forwards were missing in the game against Arsenal at the weekend, but Conte turned to midfield and defensive reinforcements to keep the scoreline at 3-1 once Emerson Royal saw red.
Gil signed for Tottenham from Sevilla, but spent the second half of last season on loan at Valencia after struggling for game time. He was even set to return to the La Liga club this summer (Mundo Deportivo 23/08/22 via Sport Witness) before Spurs pulled the plug.
Domingo Ortiz reported that Spurs went back on the deal because they were unable to find a replacement for the 21-year-old.
Conte has seemingly now confirmed that, stating that he and Tottenham wanted Gil to move to Valencia on loan, but circumstances did not allow for the move.
He said (Football London): “Bryan Gil is in the squad and for sure he is the first option for our attack because Kulusevski and Moura is out.
“We are talking about a young player, we wanted to see him on loan to Valencia but for many circumstances the situation has changed. I trust him.”
Spurs Web Opinion:
The problem with Spurs is, and this has been a problem for years, that the club are rarely ever 3-0 up and cruising in games, which is the ideal opportunity to put people like Gil on for regular minutes. He needs game time, but Spurs aren’t playing well enough to provide it.
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