Aston Villa have recalled right-back Kaine Kesler from loan at Swindon Town at the request of Steven Gerrard and the 19-year-old could reportedly be set for either a first team role or to go out on loan to a Championship club.
The teenager joined the League Two side on a season-long loan deal at the start of August and was a regular fixture in Ben Garner’s side through the first half of 2021/22 but Villa confirmed yesterday that the move had been cut short.
According to The Athletic, Gerrard ordered Kesler to be recalled after being impressed by the right-back in Swindon’s 4-1 defeat to Man City in the FA Cup on Friday evening.
It is understood that the Villa boss will now take a closer look at the 19-year-old in training and if he impresses, will add him to the senior squad as cover and competition for Matty Cash.
However, the report claims that Kesler may alternatively be sent out on loan for the rest of the season, with a Championship club the ideal location.
A product of the Birmingham club’s academy system, Kesler’s move to Swindon was his first loan spell but not his first taste of senior football, having featured as part of the youthful Villa side that was beaten by Liverpool in the FA Cup a year ago.
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Kesler will be hoping to show enough to Gerrard in training to remain part of the Villa first team but you’d imagine they’ll be a number of Championship and League One clubs lining up to take him on loan should he become available.
The 19-year-old looks a player with a very bright future but he showed during his time at Swindon just how much he can contribute right now.
There are plenty of sides in the second tier that will be keen to strengthen at right-back this month and Kesler, who is an asset both defensively and going forward, could make an ideal fit.
Losing the teenager is clearly a blow for Swindon but they’ll be hoping that his development this season will convince other sides that the County Ground is a good place to send their young prospects.