25. Carles Gil de Pareja Vicent

Date of Birth: 22 November 1992
Place of Birth: Valencia, Spain
Nationality: Spain
Position: Midfield
Year Signed: 2015
Signed From: Valencia CF
Fee Paid: £3,200,000

Carles Gil began his life as a footballer at Valencia in Spain at the age of six. At seventeen, he made his senior debut for Valencia’s B team.

Having played mainly for Valencia’s reserves, Gil was on loan at Elche CF for the 2012-13 campaign. He was an important and effective offensive player in the season that ultimately led to the club being promoted back to La Liga after a near twenty-five year absence.

2013-14 saw Gil remain with Elche and he helped the side retain its top-flight status before a good run of form, ending with a goal, saw him recalled by Valencia.

In January 2015 Gil joined Aston Villa, signed by then manager Paul Lambert for a fee thought to be approximately £3.2 million. At the time, the signing came as a bit of a surprise as there was no talk or rumours of the signing and few in England had heard of Gil. The Spaniard signed a four-and-a-half year deal and just four days later he made his first appearance for his new club, coming off the bench in a 0-2 defeat to Liverpool. The midfielder was hailed as a bright spark by many Villa fans and was a welcome arrival in the midst of yet another poor season.

A few days later, he made his first start for the club against Bournemouth in the FA Cup, scoring a great goal that was talked about long after it went in and which earned him the club’s ‘goal of the season’ award.

Since the departure of Paul Lambert, Gil has struggled to make it as far as the bench let alone into the starting line-up. Fans have been calling for the midfielder to start but Tim Sherwood seems adamant not to play him. A rumoured temper tantrum after not being selected left many thinking Gil would not be staying in B6 but he is still a Villa player and featured in the pre-season training game against Fulham, impressing fans with his creative play.

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