Speaking after his side’s defeat at Leicester over the weekend, Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert said: “We need a bit more creativity, that’s the only thing that is lacking from us.”
Fast forward just a few days, and the Villains are, according to BBC Sport, on the verge of snapping up Carles Gil from Valencia in a deal worth around £3.2m. The deal for the 22-year-old is likely to go through by the end of the week, with reports claiming that the incoming man will start against Liverpool.
So is he what Villa need? BBC Sport’s Pat Murphy thinks he’ll fit well: “Gil arrives with the reputation of a player who can go past opposition players swiftly in the area where Villa are blatantly deficient – the final third of the field.”
It’s fair to say the Midlanders need his flair and guile, with goals having been hard to come by for the claret and blues. Just 11 strikes in 21 games – the month of October was infamous for the cancellation of the club’s Goal of the Month award, as there were, erm… were none! – has led to criticism and unrest in the stands at Villa Park.
The stats show that Gil is extremely able in the final third, with his numbers tallying among the current crop of first-team options Villa have, even though the youngster has not featured frequently for Valencia this season.
What the stats don’t paint a picture of, though, are Gil’s technical skills, with the Spain U-21 star excellent on the ball and adept at taking on his man. The below video shows off what the silky attacking midfielder is good at, with his form with Elche very impressive: