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Bryan Gil and Pape Matar Sarr’s absence explained as Tottenham Hotspur submit senior Premier League squad for 2022/23 season

Bryan Gil and Pape Matar Sarr are two big names that were missing from Tottenham Hotspur’s list of senior players eligible to play in the 2022-23 Premier League season.

Spurs submitted their official squad for the upcoming PL season after the closure of the summer transfer window, just like the other 19 teams in the league. However, only 23 out of the 25 available spots have been used up by the Lilywhites.

According to Football.London, this is because Gil and Sarr have been named in the U-21 list of players that are also eligible to play in the PL. To qualify for this list, the player must have been born before 1 January 2001 – and both Sarr and Gil meet this criterion.

The full squad can be found here on Football.London.

Davinson Sanchez, Bryan Gil, and Ivan Perisic look on during a Tottenham Hotspur training session.
Davinson Sanchez, Bryan Gil, and Ivan Perisic look on during a Tottenham Hotspur training session. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

Destiny Udogie, the 19-year-old Italian left-back signed this summer, could also be named on that list with Gil and Sarr despite being loaned back to Udinese until the end of the season. Gil is yet to make a single appearance this season.

Gil and Sarr yet to play

He has been named on the bench a few times but was recently ousted from our last three matchday squads in the PL due to a knock. Sarr, meanwhile, returned to Spurs this summer after his loan spell at FC Metz had ended.

He signed on a similar deal as Udogie last year and was loaned back to the French outfit for one season. Since his return, the Senegal international has not played a single minute of competitive football despite being named on the bench thrice by manager Antonio Conte.

Pape Matar Sarr won the 2022 CAF Young Player of the Award. (Image: Sarr's official Twitter account)
Pape Matar Sarr won the 2022 CAF Young Player of the Award. (Image: Sarr’s official Twitter account)

Gil, 21, arrived from Sevilla last summer amidst high expectations. However, he was allowed to leave on loan to join Valencia midway through that campaign, which indicated that Spurs did not think he was ‘quite there yet’ when it came to being a regular starter for them.

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Hopefully, he is handed more minutes this season, be it off the bench, so he can show what he is capable of. Sarr, a powerful central midfielder, would also hope for the same, especially after the club loaned out several senior midfielders this summer.

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