The Villa Park academy graduate has impressed on loan at the Robins and scored his first career goal this week.

Aston Villa academy graduate Jake Doyle-Hayes, on loan at Cheltenham Town, had a day to remember on Tuesday as he netted his first career goal as he helped the Robins to a 3-2 home win over Bradford City in League Two.

The Irish midfielder, who is back with the club after his recent call up to the Republic of Ireland Under-21s squad, netted the second goal for Michael Duff’s side in the evening fixture at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.

All five goals came in the second half, with the Bantams taking the lead through Jermaine Anderson, before Cheltenham levelled through Gavin Reilly’s third goal of the season, and then came Doyle-Hayes’ contribution, a volley after a long throw from Ben Tozer.

Ben Richards-Everton nodded in Harry Pritchard’s free kick to make it 2-2 before captain Tozer also scored with a header, nodding home from Chris Hussey’s free kick to restore Cheltenham’s lead, which this time they would not relinquish, and climbed to third in the table.

A number of Robins fans commented on the 20-year-old’s exploits on social media and it makes for positive reading for the claret and blue contingent – particularly the fact he’s being nicknamed “Xavi”:

Doyle-Hayes is on loan at Cheltenham on loan for the 2019-20 season, having spent the second half of last season at another fourth-tier side in Cambridge United, where he played under former assistant coach Colin Calderwood.

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