Teammate highlights key quality Carles Gil brings to Aston Villa

Alan Hutton believes new signing Carles Gil adds that touch of attacking flair Aston Villa have been lacking at times this season.

Alan Hutton has told the Birmingham Mail that new recruit Carles Gil has the ability to help Aston Villa unlock opposition defences.

Paul Lambert’s men have not done enough of that this season, with a miserly 11 goals scored in 22 Premier League fixtures.

They failed to find the target for a fifth top-flight game in succession on Saturday as they went down 2-0 at home to Liverpool.

That encounter did, however, see Gil make his bow off the bench.

The Spanish playmaker has been drafted in from Valencia to help provide an attacking spark, and Hutton has already seen enough from the 22-year-old to suggest that his vision will prove to be a useful asset.

The Scotland international full-back told the Birmingham Mail: “He’s only played half an hour but he’s showed that technically he is very gifted and he can see that final pass that maybe we have been missing - so I think he’s going to be great for us.

“It’s difficult coming in and not really speaking much of the language. Only being here training for a couple of days, it would have been tough for him I think.

"But to come on with half-an-hour to go and show everyone what he is capable of is only going to be good for us going forward."

  Total PassAccurate PassTouchesAppearancesMins Played
Carles Gil 25 21 33 1 31

Gil will have to adapt quickly to life in England if he is to make the desired impact.

The physicality of the Premier League could come as something of a shock, as he is a diminutive forward.

He does, however, possess the natural flair to be a success and to become a key figure in Lambert’s plans.

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