Carles Gil has had a rollercoaster of a 2020 season (and that was before a global pandemic). New England Revolution fans had their stomachs drop when they heard the latest update on Gil.
It was announced that Gil would miss 3-5 months after getting surgery to fix an Achilles injury on Tuesday. The surgery was performed in Spain and now the Revs are without the lifeblood of the team.
Ever since coming to New England from Spain, Gil has performed well. In his debut season he became the first player in club history to win the Newcomer of the Year award after scoring 10 goals as well as 14 assists.
2020 was supposed to be a year full of promise for New England. They were preparing for a full season with Gustavo Bou and Gil. Then you add Adam Buksa to the mix and things were looking good.
Now there is a giant hole in the midfield. You sensed it in the group stage matches when Gil wasn’t on the field. The Revolution were missing the player to put them over the edge. That player to make the right play and be in the right position to get the attack going.
Now expect the pressure to turn to Bou. He will likely have to work harder to create his own chances with the midfield lacking in depth. Kelyn Rowe had a solid performance down in Orlando, but will he be able to maintain that level of play throughout the rest of the season. After that you are looking at Diego Fagundez and Wilfried Zahibo to step into shoes that are too big for them. They are just not on Gil’s level.
When Gil is on the field the Revs are tough to beat as was shown down in Orlando. Without him the 2020 season seems like it could be a rough one.