Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) January 14, 2015
After impressing in his first training session, Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has hinted to the club’s official website that new signing Carles Gil could well start Saturday’s home game against Liverpool.
Arriving from hometown club Valencia this week for a fee believed to be around £3.25 million, Gil has been tipped to provide Villa the creative spark they’ve been lacking for so long, having been compared in style to Real Madrid’s Isco while in La Liga.
Signing on a deal until 2019, the Spanish midfielder has already shown some of his playmaking qualities to Lambert, and his new boss has revealed that he will at least be in the squad for the weekend’s Premier League clash.
“It was his first day. He trained and had some lovely touches on the ball,” Lambert said. "He's exciting. When you see him on the ball you think something is going to happen.
"We'll see how he is on Friday but he'll be in the squad for the game. He's excited. It was his first day, he experienced a different culture, a different type of football, it was more intensive than what he's probably used to.
"But you can see from his early touches that he's excellent on the ball."
Gil, 22, struggled to crack Valencia’s line-up over the first half of this season, making just two starts in eight league appearances, but did impress while on loan at top-flight rivals Elche during the previous two campaigns.
Given that Villa have netted just 11 goals in 21 top-flight games so far this term, his introduction certainly comes as a vital time for the club, and fans will be hoping that it marks the start of a turnaround.