Antonio Conte has claimed that Bryan Gil has the skill required to be an effective player, but needs to continue building his strength at Tottenham.

Gil came off the bench for a rather eventful cameo this week in the Champions League, winning a penalty late on against Eintracht Frankfurt before also seeing a Harry Kane cross flash narrowly over his head.

The former Sevilla man has been forced to make do with a bench role so far this season, and the returns of Lucas Moura and Dejan Kulusevski will likely not help his cause.

In his press conference today, Conte claimed the only gap for Gil to bridge this season was his strength, revealing that the youngster is continuing to build and improve on that.

When asked about his fringe players, Conte also assured that he treats every player the same, no matter whether their name is Harry Kane or Harvey White. The Italian added that White and Pape Matar Sarr are two ‘very good prospects’ for Tottenham.

Conte said (Football London): “Yeah but you know that for me all the players in my squad are really important. They have to show me that they are ready to help us. I ask only this.

“But I have great respect for all my players and I think this respect, they feel this respect because in every training session my attention is the same for every single player, for Harry Kane but also if the player is White or Pape Sarr. We are talking about two really important prospects.

“I ask only to give me the opportunity to be relaxed and if I give the opportunity to these players to play, only this.

“Gil is a really good prospect. He is becoming stronger, physically. Because he has in this moment only this gap for Premier League, it’s physical, you know?

“Otherwise technically he understands football in an important way. I’m sure that we’re talking about a player that will be an important prospect for the future. Now he’s building also, he’s improving on the physical aspect and for us that’s important.”

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I do not expect Gil to earn many minutes between now and the January transfer window, when he will surely leave on loan for the rest of the season. It feels like a make-or-break campaign for him in terms of breaking into Conte’s long-term plans.

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