Tottenham Hotspur have been dealt a potential double injury blow regarding Bryan Gil and Ryan Sessegnon ahead of their upcoming Premier League clash.
According to a report by Football.London, 20-year-old Gil, who has missed Spurs’ last two fixtures due to a thigh injury, is once again a doubt for the trip to Everton on Sunday afternoon, while 21-year-old Sessegnon, whose only two appearances this season came against FC Pacos de Ferreira in Europa Conference League qualifying back in August, is also a doubt for selection.
While it is true that neither Gil nor Sessegnon have featured regularly for Tottenham so far this season, the continued absence of both players will nevertheless have left Antonio Conte gutted, as the duo clearly have the potential to play an important role under the 52-year-old manager.
Indeed, with the Italian lining Spurs up in a 3-4-3 formation in the 3-2 win over Vitesse on Thursday evening, it would appear likely that this is a tactic Conte will persist with going forwards and is a setup in which wing-backs are highly important.
As such, Sessegnon’s positional versatility – with the £16.2m-rated man being able to play anywhere along the left-hand side of the pitch – is a trait that Conte will find extremely useful this season, particularly as Ben Davies is much more rigid regarding his positioning.
Meanwhile, £22.5m summer signing Gil is another player who could prove extremely useful for the former Inter Milan manager, as the Spain international is also adept at playing a variety of different positions on the pitch, something which could lead to Conte trying the winger out at right wing-back – much like he did with Victor Moses at Chelsea and Inter Milan.
However, for now at least, the 52-year-old will have to make do without the services of both players, a circumstance that will undoubtedly frustrate the Italian as he heads into his first Premier League fixture in charge of Tottenham.
After all, he will want every player available for selection immediately so he can tinker with what might be his best line-up in north London.