Gil signed for Paul Lambert’s side from Valencia for a reported £3.2million earlier this month and he gave a brief glimpse of what he is capable of as a late substitute in the weekend defeat to Liverpool.
While Villa ultimately lost 2-0, Gil offered hope for the future with a very bright performance after replacing Ashley Westwood shortly before the hour-mark.
And now Sanchez has been speaking about his early impressions of a player he has been tasked with acting as a buddy for in his early months at the club.
“I think for his first Premier League game, his performance against Liverpool was at a very high level,” Sanchez said.
“He is very skilful and very creative and I believe he will be a big asset for the team.”
Gil made 11 appearances for Valencia prior to his latest switch, having previously played 66 times for Elche, where he was a teammate of Sanchez.
The 22-year-old has already shown he has the talent to be a fan favourite at Villa Park and he could yet prove to be the catalyst that fires Lambert’s men up the table in 2015 and beyond.