Jores Okore hails new Aston Villa teammate Carles Gil

Trinity Road Stand - Aston Villa

Jores Okore believes Carles Gil's class has been made more than evident after just a few weeks at the club.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Aston Villa centre-back Jores Okore has praised new teammate Carles Gil after the Spanish midfielder provided the assist for his first claret and blue goal against Chelsea on the weekend.

Okore opened his club account in the 48th-minute at Villa Park with a far-post header from Gil’s cross to both cancel out Eden Hazard’s first-half opener and end the team’s 11-hour goal drought.

While Branislav Ivanovic would go on to rob the home side a share of the points with a 66th-minute winner, the Denmark international was still pleased with his side’s performance on the afternoon, and was quick to praise the contribution of their new star man.

"Carlos played really good,” he said. “He created a lot of things on the pitch and the way he came in the team and in games and showed creativity and drive has helped the team a lot.

"He is a good lad and he played really well. I'm really happy to get that goal and not to wait too long to get my first goal for the club so hopefully there's many more to come.

“It was unlucky that we didn't win but that was one step forward and showed that we can play really good football.”

Arriving from Valencia last month for £3.25 million, Gil’s class has been more than evident after just three league games for Villa, having shot to the top of the club’s charts in chances created per minutes.

  PositionTotal Key Passes MINSTotal Key PassesAppearancesMins Played
Carles Gil MF 35.17 6 3 211
Leandro Bacuna DF 35.6 5 7 178
Joe Cole MF 38.8 5 7 194
Jack Grealish MF 52.5 4 9 210
Ashley Westwood MF 53.59 27 18 1,447
Fabian Delph MF 73.38 16 14 1,174

With Paul Lambert’s side notching just 12 top-flight goals in the 24 games this season, the creative Spaniard’s continued presence in the line-up should provide the likes of Christian Benteke with more service up top over the coming weeks, as the team look to avoid another potential relegation battle.

Sitting just two points above the relegation zone in 16th-place after nine matches without a win, tomorrow night’s trip to 18th-place Hull presents a fixture in which the likes of new arrivals Gil and Scott Sinclair can make real names for themselves among the Villa faithful.

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