The Sherwood quotes which explain why he's not playing Carles Gil

Aston Villa

Aston Villa's Carles Gil has only played twice since Tim Sherwood has taken over.

Since taking over at Aston Villa, Tim Sherwood has made an encouraging start.

The Claret and Blues may not be entirely out of trouble yet, but they have improved considerably and they look a team reinvigorated.

Villa have posed more of an attacking threat recently, but one player who has not benefitted from Sherwood's appointment is Carles Gil.

The Spaniard has only played two games since Sherwood's arrival and he may be questioning what he has to do to break into the team.

Gil had looked Villa's standout player towards the back end of Paul Lambert's time in charge, but Sherwood appears to feel that there are better options in his squad at this moment in time.

It has taken many Villa fans, who have already seen Gil's quality, by surprise, with most suggesting that the 22-year-old remains one of their most impressive players.

However, it may not actually be too much of a shock that Gil isn't playing considering Sherwood's quotes soon after taking over at Villa.

Sherwood immediately told the press of his desire to make Villa more efficient and he suggested that style wouldn't be important until the end of the season.

"What you'll see between now and the end of the season possibly will not be my long term philosophy on the field," Sherwood was quoted as saying by the IB Times

"It's all about winning, nothing else. I can't look any further than the end of the season."

The 46-year-old manager simply wanted results, and Gil may have to wait until next campaign to receive his chance to play. 

Gil is not the most physically imposing and Sherwood has clearly favoured players with Premier League experience over those who are new to the division.

The former Tottenham Hotspur manager has based his success on keeping his team organised and making them defend as a unit.

Gil, however, is a player who needs freedom to thrive and Sherwood appears to feel that it's simply too much of a risk to play a solely creative player at this current stage in time.

With Villa desperate for points this is a short-term measure for the club, but it could be that Gil is forced to wait until next campaign to finally get his chance to impress under Sherwood. 

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