Savage expresses doubts over Aston Villa's Carles Gil

Aston Villa signed Carles Gil to increase their attacking threat last week.

Robbie Savage has expressed his doubts over Aston Villa's signing of Carles Gil to BBC Sport

Gil was brought in by Villa last week from Valencia and he is expected to be the man to provide the club with the spark that they have been desperately lacking this campaign.

However, Savage feels that he may struggle to live up to expectations because of the famously difficult transition process that he needs to go through. 

"Carles Gil has been brought in to give them more guile, and he looked lively for half an hour on his debut against Liverpool on Saturday," Savage wrote on BBC Sport.

"But he only managed two assists in 33 games for Elche in La Liga last season and it is asking a lot for any player to come straight into the Premier League and make a difference on his own at a club that is struggling so badly."

Gil's brief debut last weekend has given Villa supporters a lot of confidence that he will be a success, even if Savage has his own concerns over the move. 

The Spaniard's attacking intent and natural flair makes him a different option for Paul Lambert to utilise, with his current midfield line-up looking more workmanlike than creative. 

That has been a major problem for the Midlands outfit this season, with their goals tally currently only standing at 11 for the season so far. 

It is a total which highlights exactly where the problems lie for Villa and if Savage's prediction about Gil struggling turns out to be correct it could have some serious consequences for the side, with relegation a real possibility. 

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