Tottenham Hotspur are likely still stewing after last night’s agonising result at home to Sporting Lisbon, with Antonio Conte’s side having been denied victory at the death to ensure that progression to the knockout stages is still not a certainty.
Talisman, Harry Kane, had appeared to have fired his side ahead in the fifth minute of injury time, only for the goal to be subsequently chalked off following a lengthy VAR review, with the north Londoners left to settle for a point after Rodrigo Bentancur had cancelled out Marcus Edwards’ early stunner.
Amid all that obvious frustration, one major positive for the Lilywhites will surely have been the performance of promising Spaniard, Bryan Gil, with the barely-seen playmaker having taken his chance on what was a rare outing off the bench.
The 21-year-old has endured a disappointing start to life in English football following his arrival from Sevilla last summer, having made just 23 appearances since then after being shipped out on loan to La Liga side Valencia in January.
Having since returned to his parent club, the four-cap menace has remained a peripheral figure in Conte’s side in the early weeks of the season, with the former Chelsea boss once again showing his lack of trust in young talent, having also kept the likes of Djed Spence and Pape Matar Sarr on the fringes.
In the case of Gil, the fleet-footed forward had made just two appearances totalling only 17 minutes heading into last night’s clash – with both of those outings coming in Europe – with even injuries to both Richarlison and Dejan Kulusevski having failed to spark an improvement to his situation.
On the evidence of that latest showing against Ruben Amorim’s side, however, the £40k-per-week gem deserves a more regular role in the side moving forward, having proven an “absolute livewire” on the night, according to broadcaster Phil Friend.
In what was a mere 19-minute cameo, the one-time Eibar loanee provided a real potent threat in the final third, while also showcasing his composure in possession as he record an impressive 100% pass accuracy rate.
Something of a “gamechanger” – in the words of Sky Sports reporter Jamie Weir – Gil showed flashes of the quality that he can produce as well as real bravery to drive forward with the ball at his feet, having produced what was an ‘impressive performance‘, in the words of football.london’s Rob Guest.
The hope now is that the 5-foot-9 sensation can be given further opportunities to shine in the coming weeks, with Conte now needing to put faith in what is an undoubtedly exciting asset for the club.