The Spanish midfielder and manager Tim Sherwood are due for talks once the season ends.
Gil, 22, was billed as the elusive number 10 former manager Paul Lambert’s side had been lacking after arriving from Valencia in the winter transfer window and made an almost immediate impact, scoring a stunning full debut goal in the 2-1 FA Cup win over Bournemouth.
The Spanish midfielder continued to look the part over the following weeks and, while Villa would suffer defeat in his each of his first four league outings before Lambert’s sacking, there was little reason to doubt at the time that he would become a significant part of the club’s bid to avoid the drop.
However, after being hauled off 58 minutes into Sherwood’s first game in charge against Stoke, Gil hasn’t been back in the starting XI since, with Jack Grealish, Charles N’Zogbia, Scott Sinclair and Joe Cole all now ahead of him in the pecking order.
His transition to Premier League life was not expected to be without its teething problems but, after going from five straight starts to just a one-minute cameo over the past 11 games, the ex-Under-21 international’s ongoing plight has continued to baffle fans.
The Mirror reported earlier this month that Sherwood regards the diminutive Spaniard as too lightweight for English football and, while the Villa boss has complimented his work on the training ground, recent comments suggest he remains unconvinced about his worth.
“I just pick a team that I think will win a match,” Sherwood told the Birmingham Mail ahead of the 3-3 home draw with Queens Park Rangers, when asked about Gil’s lack of action.
“Had he done well before? I didn’t know. He might have been doing well personally but they’d lost seven on the spin.
“It’s all about Aston Villa, not one particular player, I like Carles - he trains really well but when I think it’s right for him to get an opportunity he’ll get it.
“That goes for everyone.”
Now Gil, who penned a deal until 2019 upon joining from Valencia, looks set to get clarification about his long-term Villa future come the end of the campaign, with there being a serious chance that it could lead to an exit after just a half-season spell.
Having looked like a potential game-changer during his first handful of appearances, it would seem a grave shame if he wasn’t afforded a proper chance to prove his worth under Sherwood but, after not even making the bench for last weekend’s 3-2 defeat at Manchester City, the writing could already be on the wall.