While Tottenham Hotspur sporting director Fabio Paratici has made few significant errors with regards to recruitment since arriving at the club just over a year ago, one notable blunder for the Italian has been that of young Bryan Gil, with the forward currently something of a forgotten man in north London.
Signed from La Liga side Sevilla for a fee of around £21m in a deal that also saw Erik Lamela head in the other direction, the 21-year-old has since been unable to secure a regular role with the Lilywhites, making just 20 appearances in all competitions thus far.
The Spain international is yet to score a goal and has registered just a single assist in his brief stint at the club to date, with the youngster already looking likely to prove something of an expensive mistake.
The fleet-footed winger is seemingly yet to convince current boss Antonio Conte, with the former Chelsea title winner having sanctioned a loan exit to Valencia in January, just a matter of months into the four-cap gem’s time in England.
A return to the Spanish outfit on another temporary deal had been mooted this summer, only for Spurs to prove reluctant to agree to a deal without first lining up a replacement, with the £10.8m-rated man ultimately staying put after deadline day had come and gone.
That fact has ensured that those at N17 are now stuck with a player who appears to have no role to play under Conte this season, with the 53-year-old having been far from “enthusiastic” about the Spaniard’s “short-term prospects”, as per journalist Dan Kilpatrick.
A loan departure could potentially have helped to offset the cost of his reported £80k-per-week wage, yet as it is the 5 foot 9 dud will have to remain with the Premier League outfit until at least the New Year.
Any hope of forcing his way into the manager’s plans also appears somewhat slim if the recent evidence is anything to go by, with Gil having failed to feature in the early weeks of the new season, with the arrival of fellow forward Richarlison only further nudging him down the pecking order.
Conte does not have a particularly strong record for favouring youth, with the one-time Juventus coach unlikely to change his mind over a player who was signed prior to his arrival, during Nuno Espirito Santo’s brief stint in charge.
The man responsible for the addition is that of Paratici, with the 50-year-old left to regret what appears to be a dismal and costly piece of business.