Before even hitting the halfway point of the month, Aston Villa have been very busy with their transfer activities with a loan deal in place for Philippe Coutinho, negotiations underway for the potential signing of Everton’s Lucas Digne, as well as moving Wesley onto another loan deal and saying goodbye to Axel Tuanzebe.
One other thing the Midlands club have done this month is recall young right-back, Kaine Kesler-Hayden, from his loan spell with Swindon Town after joining on loan back in August in his first loan spell away from Villa.
Described as having “serious talent” by Swindon journalist Jonny Leighfield, Kesler-Hayden made a total of 21 appearances for the League Two club in which he managed to score one goal and provide two assists in the process.
Prior to joining Swindon, the 19-year-old had racked up 43 appearances across Villa’s U18 and U23 sides, scoring six goals and providing two assists, as well as making one senior appearance in the first team in their 4-1 FA Cup defeat against Liverpool back in January last year.
Looking ahead to the immediate future and what it could hold for the £225k-rated defender, there’s an argument to be made that another loan deal, possibly to a side higher up the pyramid than Swindon would be a suitable next step for Kesler-Hayden.
However, his last appearance for the League Two side came during their 4-1 defeat against Manchester City in the FA Cup, where Kesler-Hayden, despite the result, managed to put in a solid performance against the reigning Premier League champions that earned him a match rating of 9/10 from Total Swindon.
They said that he “was brilliant in keeping [Gabriel] Jesus quiet and almost raised the roof as much as Swindon’s goal did with his tracking back tackle on Kevin De Bruyne in the 65th minute.”
This shows that despite his young age and lack of Premier League experience, he can still do a good job against tough opposition when given the chance.
If Steven Gerrard suggested that Kesler-Hayden joins the senior squad at Villa Park so that he could learn from some of the senior players around him and get any minutes under his belt that he can, this could be an exciting alternative for the youngster rather than going out on loan again.
Should that happen, then it’s something that could potentially save the club millions in potential future transfer fees this January and beyond.