On the 13th of January 2015, Aston Villa made the £3.57 Million signing of the Spanish youngster Carles Gil from Liga Santander side Valencia CF. It is often said that first impressions are everything and the impression that Gil gave the villa faithful on his debut was definitely one that made us think he could be a special player, especially because he was so young at the time.
In the seasons following, he didn’t exactly set the world on fire, however, he did score two 06more stunning goals under the reign of Tim Sherwood. One of these was a magnificent curler away at Leicester (in a game we lost 3-2) and the other was a volley away at Sunderland (where we lost 3-1).
Despite the two goals, I didn’t feel like he offered too much. Supporters opinions to this day still vary with some liking his flair while others say the way I feel. Did you know he actually passed the ball back more than any other midfielder during his time at Villa yet Westwood was referred as the negative player?
Gil made 23 appearances during his spell on loan at Deportivo and I don’t feel his stats represent someone that I would be too upset to lose on a permanent basis. You could argue that he would do better in a better side but he hardly shone in an average side. He scored just 1 goal and assisted 4, with an average rating of 6.54 according to Who Scored.
According to ‘El Ideal Gallego’ Deportivo are going to struggle to sign Gil on a permanent basis due to their delicate financial situation. They would prefer a new loan deal but it is understood that Aston Villa would like to sell the Spaniad and would look to recoup as much of their initial outlay as possible.
Where would he fit in back at Villa?
Gil made 14 of his 23 appearances in Spain out on the right. A position currently occupied by Albert Adomah. The 29-year-old scored 3 goals and collected 10 assists last season. Although I am not Adomah’s biggest fan, I know who I would prefer.
If would like to play the little Spaniard in a number 10 role it would take the pressure off both Lansbury and Hourihane on the attacking front and may add some balance. He could also be the playmaker that Jonathan Kodija has craved for since joining Aston Villa from Bristol City.
His stats may not be great but there is something about him that wants to give him another opportunity at Aston Villa. It would also add some much-needed competition for Jack Grealish in the number 10 role which could, in turn, bring the best out of either Grealish or Gil.