Kaine Kesler-Hayden could return to Swindon Town on loan, says Ben Garner
KAINE Kesler-Hayden could return to Swindon Town on loan later this month if parent club Aston Villa don’t think he’s ready for a place in the Premier League club’s first team, according to the head coach Ben Garner.
City received a heavy blow on Saturday night after Villa contacted County Ground to say they would recall one of Ligue 2’s most notable players this term.
Kesler-Hayden was arguably Swindon’s man of the game against Manchester City in the FA Cup on Friday night, and perhaps it was that performance that tipped the scales in favor of Steven Gerrard who chose to bring the player back from 19 years old at Villa Park. .
During Monday’s pre-game press conference, Garner admitted that Town had no idea the teenage star would be returning to Villa, but said he was reassured the deal had been cut short so that they could potentially accelerate Kesler-Hayden in their first-team environment.
Garner said, “We got a phone call on Saturday saying they are calling him back so they can see where he is in relation to their team and see if he can challenge and get into their team now.
“Kaine came to me when he heard the news – we had a big hug, and he was a little emotional, bless him. But he did a good job for us, he did absolutely fantastic.
“He still has a lot to learn but he was making very good progress – if he wants to come back to play in the Premier League for Aston Villa then fantastic and we wish him all the best.”
Town head coach has said Kesler-Hayden could improve his consistency but is hopeful he can regularly enter Gerrard’s squad after a brief but key stint in Wiltshire.
When asked if Kesler-Hayden can come back before the window is over if he needs a little more development, Garner said, “I think that’s a possibility.
“The conversations we’ve had is that they brought Kaine back to see where he’s at, it’s not about taking it back and loaning it somewhere else.”
“If Kaine can do that and play in the Premier League for Aston Villa, then fantastic.
“There are two reasons we use loan players – one is to help us as a team. And second, to help them develop and continue playing at their parent club.
“If he can do that at Aston Villa, that’s great. If they think he’s not quite ready, then we would obviously welcome him with open arms.