Carles Gil has thanked Aston Villa fans for the warm reception he has received since arriving at the club, telling the Birmingham Mail of his determination to put smiles back on their faces.
Gil, 22, arrived from Valencia last month for £3.25 million and has since injected a clear creative spark into the line-up in his six appearances, opening his claret and blue account in the 2-1 FA Cup win over Bournemouth, before setting up Jores Okore to help end an eleven-hour goal drought in the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea.
While his introduction hasn’t been able to turn around the club’s dismal Premier League form, having tasted defeated in each of his five top-flight outings, the Spanish midfielder’s performances have still earned him widespread praise among supporters, which he claims has made settling into life in the West Midlands that much easier.
“I like to give people pleasure by the way I play and I would like to thank the fans for the way they have welcomed me,” he said. “I really appreciate it because I felt at home right from the start.”
Villa dropped to 19th in the table following the weekend’s 2-1 home defeat to Stoke in Tim Sherwood’s first match in charge, with the club still looking for their first three points in 10 league games.
On a dismal run of just two wins in 22 top-flight matches, the new boss has a tough job in keeping the club up over their remaining 12 fixtures, but Gil remains confident that a corner is going to be turned soon.
“I’ve only been here for a month but I have a feeling big things are going to happen,” he added. “We are not going through an easy stage at the moment but I have a lot of confidence in the team.
“Having a new manager should make the team better because it’s a fresh start for everyone. It’s strange for me because Paul Lambert brought me here only last month. But I want to impress the new manager now.”