Aston Villa manager Dean Smith had a busy transfer window, assembling a squad that could challenge for promotion to the Premier League this season, but this has not stopped him letting one of his youngsters join Cambridge United.
Villa let midfielder Jake Doyle-Hayes leave on loan for the rest of the season.
The 20-year-old moves to the Abbey Stadium, where he will link up with Villa’s Rushian Hepburn-Murphy who is also there on loan.
So is it a good move by Villa to let Doyle-Hayes move to Cambridge?
“Villa have a host of promising youngsters in their youth system but it would be mad to think all will get game time with the club.
“Sending them out on loan therefore makes complete sense.”
“He was never going to play for Villa, so why not.
“There’s clearly a connection between Calderwood and Villa and they’ve reaped the rewards.
“Let’s face it, it’s a ‘sink or swim’ move for the youngster.
“He should be doing well at that level.”
“Really good move.
“He certainly has talent, and going to a side struggling in League Two will be a real test.
“Not only of his footballing ability to improve his skill set, but to be able to cope with the demands of first-team football in a side fighting for their lives.”
“This could well be the making of the midfielder.”