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Nuno Santo must unleash Spurs game-changer Bryan Gil vs Burnley

Tottenham Hotspur take a break from Premier League action as they look to advance into the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup later this evening.

The north Londoners made the final of the competition last season, where they were beaten by Manchester City, so Nuno Santo will be looking to take this competition seriously but Burnley stand in his way.

Spurs were completely lacklustre against West Ham on Sunday afternoon, so much so that they failed to register a single shot at goal during the second half – a worrying prospect considering they were chasing the game from the 72nd minute.

Harry Kane is out of sorts, having scored just once in seven successive league starts, whilst there appears to be a substantial lack of creativity in attacking midfield, which is why the Portuguese head coach needs to be bold with his selections tonight.

Should Gil start against Burnley?

Yes!

Yes!

No!

No!

According to the Daily Mail, Dele Alli will not even be named in the squad for their trip to Turf Moor. Perhaps a little surprising considering he is not injured and has not featured in the top-flight since being hooked at half-time against arch-rivals Arsenal.

With a spot up for grabs, Nuno should turn to Bryan Gil for that playmaking spark.

The young Spanish maestro, dubbed a “big talent” by scout Jacek Kulig, is a player said to have “unbelievable amounts of technique”, which is the sort of flair that only Tanguy Ndombele possesses in the final third.

Gil averaged 1.7 crosses and 1.9 key passes per 90 in La Liga last season, via WhoScored, so he certainly appears to be a more creative outlet than most of Nuno’s current options, should he be able to get that back out of him.

Only Heung-min Son has managed to create more key chances on average in the Premier League.

Spurs correspondent Alasdair Gold believes Gil is a player that could eventually fill the gap left behind by Christian Eriksen, he told football.london:

“I think we’re going to see a very talented young player coming to the fore. He’s kind of got a bit of everything: he can pass, he can dribble, he’s very creative, he has clever movement.

“They’ve just got to decide, is he a guy that can ultimately become the new Eriksen, because the more and more I watch him play, I think the ability’s there to do that. Some have even made a Modric comparison and said, maybe he could end up coming even deeper and becoming that kind of player.”

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Valued at a remarkable £27m by Transfermarkt, the 20-year-old gem must be unleashed against the Clarets this evening. He could be the one to provide the cutting edge, particularly against a resolute side like this, and if Kane starts, he will need much better service than what he received on Sunday.

Now with Alli absent, it is surely Gil’s time to shine.

AND in other news, Imagine him & Romero: Nuno could form scary Spurs duo by signing 6 ft 5 “Rolls-Royce”

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