The Birmingham Mail’s Ashley Preece has delivered an update on Aston Villa starlet Kaine Kesler.
What’s the story?
The 18-year-old made the move to League Two side Swindon Town on a loan deal, and it appears he’s already impressing at his new home.
Writing initially on Twitter, Preece said: “Mile Jedinak has nailed this loan. @KaineKeslerHayd has clocked up 620/630 possible minutes. He’s improving week after week & he’s in fantastic hands given the calibre of players Ben Garner has worked with! Kaine shining bright at Swindon!”
Then, in a follow-up tweet, he added: “Massive talent! Swindon playing same system as Villa as well. He’s doing brilliantly.”
Villa fans will be excited
The Express and Star’s Matt Maher revealed over the summer that Kesler was handed a new five-year professional contract to stay at Villa Park for the long-term, the longest the club have given to any academy player in their history – even Jack Grealish, who signed a four-year deal after turning 19 back in 2014.
The teenager didn’t play a single minute in the Premier League last season, but he was given his senior debut by Dean Smith when Villa’s young guns were needed for the FA Cup third round clash against Liverpool.
Although they fell to a 4-1 defeat, Kesler was one of the players who really stood out against Jurgen Klopp’s men, and showed enough in that 90-minute performance to suggest that he will be a big player in the coming years.
Speaking to The Athletic, one source even said “he looks like he’s got a real chance of featuring for the first team in the future. His speed is frightening and that could set him apart.”
When he does return from his loan, Kesler could be someone to give Matty Cash some competition at right-back, not just for the future but for the short-term too.