Aston Villa academy gem Jake Doyle-Hayes has provided an update on his loan spell at Cheltenham Town, in conversation with Gloucestershire Live.
The 21-year-old left Villa Park last summer for a season-long loan stint with the League Two club and has made 29 league appearances so far, scoring once and claiming six assists so far (Transfermarkt).
It didn’t take long for Doyle-Hayes to make an impact with the Robins, being voted their Player of the Month in August, and has even been given the moniker “Xavi” by some of the club’s fans.
Xavi Doyle Hayes!! https://t.co/ohLYV0gOew
— Browny (@JamesBrown1105) September 17, 2019
There’s two good teams on that pitch, IMO.
Bradford happy to soak up pressure and clearly comfortable on the break and at set pieces.
We are playing at a pace I haven’t seen us for a while. Full of energy and confident.
Greaves and Xavi Doyle-Hayes the standouts for me.
— Darren Johnson (@dazzaj9) September 17, 2019
Xavi Doyle-Hayes….so true! We should all call him that…I will take it forward. Cheers Darren!
— Pete Arthur (@cleevecomment) September 18, 2019
Cheltenham are currently fifth in the table, five points clear of sixth, and crucially, are in superb form, having won their last four games in a row.
Things seem to be going well for Doyle-Hayes and he said as much himself, believing things are ticking along nicely on a personal level and in terms of the team.
“We’re enjoying it, I think it’s going well and for me personally to get a few good games under my belt,” the Republic of Ireland Under-21 ace told Gloucestershire Live.
“In terms of the team, we’re in a really good position and hopefully we can push on. I don’t think there’s any pressure on us, as long as we keep going the way we are, and keep pushing hard I think we can achieve what we want.”
So far so good for Doyle-Hayes, who is developing nicely, has picked up the sort of nickname pretty much any midfielder would dream of having, and could even finish the season with a promotion on his belt.
What happens at the end of the season is yet to be decided, however – the player’s contract expires at the end of the season, according to Transfermarkt.
With Villa struggling in the Premier League this season, and several of their midfielders coming under criticism from sections of the fanbase, could Doyle-Hayes be kept on at Villa Park – potentially with the team back in the Championship?
Or will he be cut loose from the club and link up with Cheltenham permanently, or perhaps with a different club altogether?