The Villans ace, who’s been nicknamed ‘Xavi’ by some fans of Cheltenham Town, spoke about his loan club and his parent club.

Aston Villa loanee Jake Doyle-Hayes has given an in-depth interview on his loan spell at Cheltenham Town as well as responding when asked how much his parent club are keeping tabs on his stint at the League Two club (Gloucestershire Live).

The 20-year-old has made nine league starts for Cheltenham this season, scoring once and register one assist according to Whoscored, and has helped the Robins enjoy their best start to a Football League campaign since 2000-01.

Doyle-Hayes has so impressed the Cheltenham fanbase that a few have taken to calling him “Xavi” in honour of the legendary former Spain international:

When asked by Gloucester Live how he’s found his loan spell at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium so far, Doyle-Hayes replied: “It’s been a good experience. I’ve got some good game time, which is ideal and I am gaining a lot of experience as the season goes on.”

Regarding how closely Aston Villa are monitoring him, he said: “People come to watch me quite often, which is good. I speak to the coaches regularly, so they are monitoring me, yes. All the games are clipped up and they’ll have access to them easily too.”

The Republic of Ireland Under-21 international is on loan at Cheltenham 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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