Kyle Joseph | I've come back hungrier than ever
Kyle Joseph believes he has returned to Swansea City all the better for his loan spell at Cheltenham, and is determined to kick on for Russell Martin’s side.
Striker Joseph joined the Swans from Wigan last summer, and went on to spend the first half of the campaign on loan with Cheltenham Town where he scored five goals in 22 appearances.
Having featured in the Swans’ Carabao Cup games against Reading and Plymouth at the outset of the campaign, he has since returned and racked up six Championship appearances from the bench.
The 20-year-old dropped down into the under-23s’ side for their home fixture against QPR on Monday, and marked it with an impressive four-goal haul.
And the Scottish age-grade international is hungry and motivated to make his mark and earn more opportunities over the remainder of the season.
“It’s been really good since I came back,” said Joseph.
“It was a beneficial loan spell for me. It’s done me the world of good to be getting out, getting games, and scoring a few goals.
“Since being back, the level of training I’ve been doing, the standard, it’s all good for me.
“I’m still 20 years old, it’s just hopefully a case of learning off the lads that are here, the senior players, seeing how they act around the place day to day.
“It’s just about taking in as much as I can for the rest of the season.
“I could have taken the easy option, I could have just stayed here and been around the first team, but I wanted to go out and show the manager I could handle playing regular first-team football.
“I think that I did that to an extent, and I’ve come back in and I hopefully want to carry on and continue showing him that I can be a player in the first-team squad.
“It’s gone well since coming back. Coming off the bench is quite difficult, but I think anytime I get on the pitch I’ve just got to try and take my chance and do the job that’s asked of me.
“I just want to be involved as much as possible, whether that be starting or coming off the bench. I just have to crack on and keep working hard.”
Joseph showed a mixture of cool finishing and belligerent forward play as he helped himself to a four-goal haul at the Swansea.com Stadium on Monday.
Two of his goals finished off fine flowing moves by the young Swans, while the other pair were as a result of excellent, aggressive pressing that saw him win the ball and hold off defenders to find the net.
“It was good to get some minutes and it was good to get some goals, I was happy to help the lads put in a good performance and ultimately get a good win,” he added.
“I thought it was a really good team performance, with and without the ball. Some of the chances were coming from a lot of hard pressing work, others were from good play with the ball.
“That’s both sides of the game. You’ve got to be as good in possession as you are out of possession.
“I hope that will do me the world of good.”