Fly­ing start Loan star makes mark on his new home

Gloucestershire Echo - - CHELTENHAM TOWN - gloslives­[email protected]­ Jon PALMER

JAKE Doyle-hayes made his first ap­pear­ance for Chel­tenham Town in Satur­day’s 4-1 home vic­tory over Scun­thorpe United.

The 20-year-old was named man of the match for his per­for­mance in the cen­tre of mid­field.

Here the Ire­land Un­der-19 in­ter­na­tional dis­cusses his loan move from Aston Villa and which player he looks up to most at his par­ent club.

» As de­buts go, a 4-1 home win wasn’t a bad way to start.

Yes, def­i­nitely. My first game for Chel­tenham went re­ally well and we went 1-0 down, but I felt we were still on top and I never thought we were go­ing to lose the game.

All the lads were un­be­liev­able in the game and it went well.

» How pleased were you with your own per­for­mance in mid­field?

I like to get on the ball all the time and it was good that the lads trusted me in my first game, giv­ing me the ball all the time.

It wasn’t just about how I played, it was the team per­for­mance and the win that was the main thing re­ally.

» Michael Duff was in­ter­ested in sign­ing you last Jan­uary, were you aware of that in­ter­est from Chel­tenham?

Yes. When I went to Cam­bridge United, Chel­tenham were in a tough si­t­u­a­tion last sea­son so I could un­der­stand they needed to bring in maybe more ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers, which is fair enough.

I am de­lighted to here now and hope­fully it’ll go well.

» When the in­ter­est resur­faced this sum­mer, how keen were you to get out and get some more ex­pe­ri­ence in League Two?

I was def­i­nitely keen. Last sea­son at Cam­bridge helped at me a lot and I like the way Chel­tenham try and play.

We are a good foot­balling team and that suits me re­ally well.

» Your first start for Cam­bridge was ac­tu­ally against Chel­tenham. How much did you get out of that loan spell?

I had a few in­juries so it didn’t go as well as I wanted it to go, but when I was on the pitch I think it went well and I re­ally en­joyed my time there.

My ex­pe­ri­ence there re­ally helped me and it’s what I want more of, which is why I am here now.

» You have had a taste of the first time at Aston Villa in the EFL Cup and you have League Two ex­pe­ri­ence at Cam­bridge. What will you now be look­ing to get out of this loan spell at Chel­tenham?

The same as last sea­son re­ally. Game time, more ex­pe­ri­ence play­ing against sea­soned pros re­ally.

I want to score a few more goals and that’s what I am go­ing to push to try and do here.

» What were your in­struc­tions on Satur­day, play­ing deeper next to Chris Cle­ments with Max Sheaf more ad­vanced?

The three of us worked well to­gether. It was only our first game, but even in train­ing, ev­ery­one seems to have an un­der­stand­ing of what we are try­ing to do and ev­ery­one put it into prac­tice well in the game.

» At Villa you have been 19th man and close to the first-team squad. What was it like see­ing the club re­turn to the Pre­mier League last sea­son?

It was un­be­liev­able re­ally, even trav­el­ling with the team was a good ex­pe­ri­ence de­spite not get­ting on the pitch a lot.

Just be­ing in the dress­ing room and in team talks has given me a good look at what I need to do. It went re­ally well.

» Has it made a mas­sive dif­fer­ence to the feel around the club, be­ing back in the Pre­mier League?

Yes, def­i­nitely. Villa is a mas­sive club and it def­i­nitely should be in the Pre­mier League.

The play­ers they had, even last sea­son, are Pre­mier League play­ers.

I think they did re­ally well at the end of last sea­son, it was a late charge and I think they’ll do well this sea­son hope­fully.

» Is there any­one at Villa you par­tic­u­larly look up to in your po­si­tion?

Well John Mcginn, inset, came in last sea­son in my po­si­tion and he’s do­ing un­be­liev­ably at the minute.

Hope­fully he keeps do­ing what he’s do­ing. He scores goals as well so he is the player I look up to at Villa.

» He didn’t make a bad start either, with a goal against Spurs on Satur­day and de­spite the 3-1 de­feat, they played

well didn’t they? Yes, they were un­der a lot pres­sure, but go­ing 1-0 up against Tot­ten­ham it was go­ing to be hard to see the game out.

But for the first game in the Pre­mier League for a while it was a good start. » You were 18 when you first ap­peared in the EFL Cup for Villa. How did your move there ini­tially come about? I was 15 when I signed. They scouted me from my lo­cal team at home and when a club like Villa wants you to come across on trial you aren’t go­ing to say no.

I came across on a few tri­als and then signed.

» Did you have to grow up very quickly be­cause 15 is very young to mov­ing a long way from home?

Yes, I went into digs there. It’s not fend­ing for your­self, but ob­vi­ously you are away from your par­ents and my mam’s cook­ing wasn’t there. I had to grow up quite quickly, yes.

» There was a lot of tech­ni­cal abil­ity in the mid­field three on Satur­day. One thing you will have to get used to is the phys­i­cal side of it. Are you con­fi­dent you can stand up to that? Yes, that’s one thing that’s dif­fer­ent in League Two. It is a lot more phys­i­cal and I got a bit of that on Satur­day, a few tack­les fly­ing in.

I am able to deal with it and I think I can give back the tack­les they are giv­ing to me.

» Chel­tenham have had Easah Suli­man and Kelsey Mooney on loan from Villa in re­cent sea­sons. Did you speak to Kelsey be­fore mak­ing the same move? Yes and he re­ally en­joyed it. I don’t think he played as much as he’d like, but he en­joyed the at­mos­phere around the place. » The train­ing ground isn’t quite Pre­mier League, but how im­pressed have you been with the fa­cil­i­ties for a League Two club? Yes, it’s re­ally good and even the pitches are re­ally good, so I am happy with it and how it’s gone so far.

Will Villa be keep­ing a close eye on you dur­ing your loan spell?i think so, yes.

I spoke to a few peo­ple from the club af­ter the game on Satur­day, so yes they should be keep­ing an eye on me yes.

Pic­ture: Antony Thomp­son - Thou­sand Word Me­dia

Jake Doyle-hayes shoots on his de­but against Scun­thorpe

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Jake Doyle-hayes chal­lenges Ol­lie Clarke in the Carabao Cup first round clash

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