Carles Gil

Name:
Carles Gil
Nationality:
Spanish
Date of Birth:
02/11/1992
Height:
5' 7" (170cm)
Weight:
10st 3lbs (65.0kg)
Previous Clubs:
D Coruna (loan), Valencia, Valencia
Position:
Midfielder


Carles Gil made a fast start to his career in claret and blue after joining in January 2015 - but he found his opportunities limited as the 2014/15 campaign came to a close.

The 22-year-old attacking midfielder, who can operate on either flank or behind a striker, made his debut as a substitute in the 2-0 home loss to Liverpool.

His next game saw his propel himself into claret and blue consciousness with a wonder goal in the 2-1 home win over Bournemouth in the FA Cup fourth round.

He then started the next three matches - defeats to Arsenal, Chelsea and Hull City.

Gil missed the 2-1 FA Cup fifth round victory over Leicester City before starting Tim Sherwood's first game in charge of Villa - the 2-1 home loss to Stoke City.

His only other game-time for Villa came as he entered the action as sub in the 2-0 FA Cup quarter-final win over West Brom.

Following the final day encounter with Burnley, Gil's fantastic effort against the Cherries was confirmed as goal of the season.

Gil is a product of the youth system at Valencia, his home city, and made his senior debut for their B team in 2009 as a 17-year-old.

He was loaned to Valencian neighbours Elche for two seasons, helping them secure promotion to La Liga in 2012/13.

Then he played a key role alongside his Villa team-mate Carlos Sanchez as they retained their status in the top-flight for the first time in more than 40 years in 2013/14.

He is an important claret and blue player now under new boss Remi Garde.

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