Bryan Gil suffers yet another miserable Tottenham match as he fails audition v Aston Villa
It was yet another miserable outing as a Tottenham player for Bryan Gil as he was substituted out of his team’s 2-1 defeat against Villa Park on Sunday.
Ange Postecoglou’s men lost for a third consecutive match to drop out of the Premier League’s top-four positions despite taking the lead early on through Giovani Lo Celso.
Pau Torres’ header just before half-time and a second-half strike by Ollie Watkins, who also had a goal disallowed in the first half for being offside, punished a Tottenham team that was further stricken by injury issues when Rodrigo Bentancur went off after a horrific challenge by Matty Cash.
Spurs’ injury issues meant that Bryan had to start against Villa.
The 22-year-old has barely kicked a ball all season, playing just 16 minutes of football after missing the first chunk of the season due to injury.
The four-times Spain international played one minute against Crystal Palace, 15 minutes against Wolves and around 70 minutes against Villa on Sunday (26 November), in what was his first Spurs start since an FA Cup win against Portsmouth in January.
Bryan did very little to suggest he should ever be in Postecoglou’s starting line-up again though as the former Sevilla midfielder struggled his way through the Premier League fixture.
He potentially cost Spurs a point – or three – as well because when Spurs were 1-0 up, he made an absolute mess of a great bit of play by the home side.
Brennan Johnson broke down the right wing and had the chance to play it into the box. When the ball found its way to Bryan, instead of taking on a shot or having a touch to tee himself up, he instantly tried a pass back out of the penalty area and eventually lost possession.
Stats by Sofascore show that the Spaniard managed an xG of just 0.09 despite starting on the left wing against a defence that leaks goals away from home. His expected assist stat was also just 0.04, suggesting he offered nothing in terms of creativity.
Bryan’s pass accuracy was good at 86 per cent but it just shows that the Spaniard was playing the safe pass all the time instead of trying to pick out a teammate with a riskier pass.
He also lost possession 13 times, conceded one goal and completed three of the four dribbles he attempted.
Bryan had a lot of sway on Tottenham’s attack but ultimately, he didn’t generate enough quality to help Spurs extend their lead and then hold onto it while he was on the pitch.
With Heung-min Son, Brennan Johnson and Dejan Kulusevski playing in and around you, there’s no excuse for not coming anywhere near scoring or assisting.
Maybe it’s harsh because Bryan’s only just come back from a lengthy spell on the sidelines and that was his first start for Tottenham in almost 12 months.
However, Spurs fans can forget about winning silverware, or maybe even qualifying for the Champions League if they’re going to accept ineffective performances like that.