Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood should play Carles Gil for full 90 minutes if fit for this weekend

Tim Sherwood Press Conference Smiling 12/02/2014

The Spaniard has impressed Villa fans but has still not featured for the full 90 under Sherwood in the league.

Aston Villa take on local rivals West Brom tomorrow at Villa Park hoping to gain the bragging rights from the fixture, as they did in the FA Cup quarter finals last season.

However, after last weekend, confidence is low. Villa were cruising against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium and then, all of a sudden, they pressed the self-destruct button.

In the end they through away their 2-0 lead and lost the game 3-2 in what was a tough lesson for still relatively inexperienced boss Tim Sherwood.

After the game many villa fans pointed to the withdrawal of Carles Gil as the turning point. The Spaniard had scored a wonderful goal in the game and was controlling the play but once he left the field the game began to run away from Villa.

After the game Sherwood said Gil had picked up a knock but, let’s be honest, knock or not Gil was never finishing that game.

Since Tim Sherwood took over at Villa Gil has never completed a full 90 minutes in the Premier League. When Villa went to extra-time against Notts County in the League Cup recently was the first time he did under Sherwood – but he was still hauled off after 10 minutes of the deciding half-hour.

For some reason Sherwood never lets Gil finish what he has started but that does not coincide with his form. The Spaniard has looked impressive and is a real crowd pleaser. So, if Gil has recovered from this ‘knock’ Sherwood must start him v West Brom this weekend and keep him on until the end.

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