Aston Villa: André Green and Jake Doyle-Hayes depart on season-long loans

The mass influx of new signings will result in a few departures. Those outgoing moves began on Thursday.

Aston Vila Football Club announced a pair of minor loan moves on Thursday. Young players André Green and Jake Doyle-Hayes joined good club situations in their respective season-long loan moves to Preston North End (EFL Championship) and Cheltenham Town (EFL League Two).

Green recently turned 21-years-old and faced this upcoming Premier League season as fourth-choice winger under Dean Smith. Instead of spending a year in and out of the matchday eighteen, both parties felt a move to the Championship was best. Under Alex Neil at Preston, Green has an opportunity to feature heavily in a promotion battle for 46+ games over the next twelve months. As long as the first-team Villa forwards stay healthy, this is a win, win, win move for both clubs and player.

Green has seven goals in fifty-eight appearances across his professional career to date.

Not to be outdone: Irish midfielder Jake Doyle-Hayes earned a move to Cheltenham Town. The 20-year-old featured for Cambridge (alongside teammate Callum O’Hare) from January to May 2019 in what was his first loan away from Villa Park. Doyle-Hayes’ name has been hyped-up in the Academy for quite some time. Eventually, he made his senior debut in a 4-1 League Cup victory over Wigan in August 2017 when he started the match.

Injuries have slowed both players’ development to varying degrees. As such, a full season playing consistent minutes from the opening whistle is what’s best for the pair. It’s easy to discard players leaving as ‘not good enough’, but that is oftentimes not the case. Loans are a constant reminder that growth is never linear, nor is it assured. Both Green and Doyle-Hayes have potential futures in the Villa first-team.

They just need to earn it first. That begins at Deepdale and Whaddon Road, respectively.

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