Well, the attack-minded player moved to Villa from Valencia in January 2015 on a four-and-a-half year deal, but after scoring just two goals in 28 appearances as the club suffered relegation from the Premier League last season, he was loaned out to Deportivo for the year by former manager Roberto Di Matteo.
With the end of the season approaching, Gil says he is keen to extend that stay.
He’s done ok but he hasn’t exactly set the world alight.
For the second successive campaign he is playing for a side fighting at the wrong end of the table and as something of a ‘luxury’ player, that doesn’t always work.
The 24-year-old has largely played a bit-part role in the 15 appearances in all competitions he has made for the La Liga strugglers, who currently lie in 15th position in the standings.
He told Marca: “The first thing is to talk to Aston Villa. Here I am very happy, but now the priority is to achieve the goal of salvation. I hope I can stay.”
After struggling to find any sort of consistency in the Premier League, there would certainly be a worry whether Gil could adapt to the more physical Championship.
Bruce may feel that he needs players that know the league well with Villa needing to achieve promotion next season, and that could mean that the Spaniard is surplus to requirements.
It doesn’t seem so. Even if Villa did make it back to the top flight next term, it is unlikely that the attacking midfielder would be involved in Bruce’s first team plans.
A move this summer would be best for both parties, and it relies on Deportivo coming to an agreement with Villa if they decide they want to sign the 24-year-old.