Tottenham set only condition by which underused star can leave as Fabrizio Romano provides latest on La Liga target

Clement Lenglet and Bryan Gil Credit: Alamy
Clement Lenglet and Bryan Gil Credit: Alamy

Fabrizio Romano has explained what the chances are of Tottenham Hotspur letting go of one of their players who doesn’t feature prominently in Antonio Conte’s plans.

It’s fair to say that Conte has got a good idea of which players he trusts and which he doesn’t. Tottenham have played 15 Premier League matches this season and four players have featured in all of them.

What’s more, 10 others have reached double figures in terms of their Premier League appearances for the 2022-23 season already.

On the flipside, gametime has been limited for some players on the periphery of Conte’s squad. The likes of Djed Spence, Japhet Tanganga, Pape Matar Sarr and Bryan Gil are all without a Premier League start this season.

In most cases, it would be understandable for them to be thinking about their futures. Gil was already linked with an exit in the summer, for example, after finishing last season on loan at Valencia.

The La Liga side wanted him back, but were unable to find an agreement with Tottenham. Hence, Gil has been back at Conte’s disposal.

He has played six times in all competitions this season, all from the bench. Four of his appearances have come in the Champions League, with one each in the Premier League and Carabao Cup.

Yet to provide a goal or assist, although it’s not exactly as if he has had much time to try, Gil might not have much more of a future at Tottenham, despite being under contract until 2026.

Indeed, some are already predicting that he will try and retrace his steps to La Liga in 2023.

But according to transfer expert Romano, Tottenham are not going to accept a departure for Gil unless they can sign someone else in his place.

Romano told Caught Offside: “There’s been further speculation about the future of Bryan Gil. My understanding is he could only leave Tottenham if a replacement will be signed.

“This was the case in August with Valencia move and it’s still the same now.

“It’s too early to say where he could go and if a move will happen at all.”

Valencia ship may have sailed for Bryan Gil

Indeed, Valencia themselves may have moved on from Gil after turning to a loan deal for Roma winger Justin Kluivert. They now seem to be focusing on making that arrangement a permanent one.

Hence, Gil might have to look elsewhere for his next destination. But his efforts may be in vain if Tottenham cannot sign another winger anyway.

It would remain to be seen if a new signing could have a better chance of gametime than Gil. Conte might be looking for someone with more experience, but even Lucas Moura has been unable to get a start under him in the league this term.

Therefore, Tottenham’s stance regarding Gil might not be so necessary. They could be damaging the player’s development, not that it would be their main concern if his next departure was to be a permanent one.

Still, if they can find an upgrade on Gil, Conte would welcome the extra squad depth. Only time will tell if they actively go looking for someone in that regard – and who that might be.

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