Carles Gil full of love for Aston Villa fans

The 22-year-old Spaniard has been hugely impressed by the claret and blue faithful's support since his January arrival.

Speaking to AVTV, Carles Gil has hailed Aston Villa fans for helping him settle into life in the Premier League.

Gil, 22, originally joined Villa from boyhood club Valencia in January for around £3.2 million and has since made 13 total appearances for the Midlands outfit, while adding two goals and an assist.

Labelled the mercurial No. 10 Paul Lambert’s side had been lacking upon his arrival, the Spanish midfielder has so far struggled to get a regular run of games under successor Tim Sherwood, but he has endeared himself to supporters in the meantime with numerous flashes of brilliance when in the team.

The diminutive playmaker is still trying to adapt to the physicality of English football at this stage but he claims that the encouragement he has received from the claret and blue faithful over the past nine months has been a big help during the adjustment.

“The fans always help the team and help me,” said Gil. “They always encourage me and I’m very happy here.

“It’s different. Here it’s more physical but the fans are very, very good so I like playing in the Premier League.”

 2015-16 Premier League GoalsAssistsKey PassesPassing AccuracyTotal DribblesDribble AccuracyFinal Third EntriesPen Area EntriesAppearancesMins Played
Carles Gil 1 0 6 86% 19 38.1% 23 15 5 269

Gil’s full Villa debut saw him score the club’s goal of the season in a 2-1 FA Cup fourth round win over Bournemouth but, after earning rave reviews in his first four Premier League starts, the subsequent arrival of Sherwood has not led to him kicking on as anticipated.

The former Under-21 international made just one start and a brief cup cameo over the final 16 games of last season and, after picking up a knock in pre-season, he has been in and out of the side so far this term.

However, a similarly stunning strike in September’s 3-2 loss at Leicester City showed why Lambert first brought him to the club, and the Valencia-native is now hoping to feature on a more regular basis after being recalled to the starting XI for the past weekend’s 2-0 defeat at Chelsea.

“I’m happy when I play,” he added. “I always want to play and when I do I always try to help my teammates.

“It’s a very good feeling [to score]. Everyone likes scoring goals and I think it was my first or second game against Bournemouth that I scored. Leicester was the same, but I wasn’t happy because we lost the game.”

Gil may not have been able to inspire Villa to a positive result against Chelsea on Saturday but, with the pressure building on Sherwood as his side sit 19th in the table with just four points from nine games, his game-changing talent could be crucial to helping save his manager’s job.

The beleaguered boss is reportedly facing the sack if Saturday’s home clash with Swansea City ends in a sixth straight top-flight defeat [h/t Telegraph] and, given the spark that the skilful Spaniard can offer, it will not go down well with the Holte End if he fails to retain his place in the line-up.

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