Why Aston Villa's signing of Gil may force Grealish to go out on loan

Aston Villa completed the signing of Carles Gil from Valencia yesterday.

Aston Villa's signing of Carles Gil may mean that Jack Grealish has to go out on loan to get the first-team football that he is so desperately craving.

Grealish looks like the finest talent to come through Villa's academy system in recent times and he was expected to play a major role for the team this season. 

However, Paul Lambert has appeared reluctant to use the youngster and his chances to impress are highly unlikely to be improved by Gil's arrival, confirmed by the BBC yesterday.

Although the two play in different positions, Lambert has been keen to operate defensively this season and including two creative players in his line-up is unlikely.

Both Grealish and Gil demand possession and want to run at defenders, but neither are particularly capable on the defensive side of things and Lambert is likely to think starting both together would leave the side too exposed. 

With Gil set to take centre stage at Villa Park, following his transfer from Valencia, Grealish's already peripheral role is likely to become even more of a backseat one and at this stage of his career he could be better off going out on loan. 

The Republic of Ireland youth international has previously shown what a devastating force he can be in the lower leagues, while on loan at Notts County, and should he be made available again there's unlikely to be a lack of suitors. 

Grealish is not going to be satisfied by simply sitting on the substitutes' bench after having a taste of senior football, and it may be that a loan move will be the best option for all parties. 

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