Jake's Oxford test has helped his top-class progress

The Argus: Jake Forster Caskey learned a lot on loan Jake Forster Caskey learned a lot on loan

Jake Forster-Caskey says going out on loan played a big part in his progress with Albion.

The teenage midfielder could not be happier with the way his career is developing with the Seagulls.

He believes his rise through the ranks to first team squad regular was helped by a loan spell at Oxford United in the basement division last season.

Forster-Caskey took the plunge two summers ago by joining the League Two outfit when Gus Poyet was in charge.

He played 20 games for them in the space of four months – more than doubling his outings for the Seagulls in the previous three seasons.

The 19-year-old has made 19 appearances under Poyet’s successor Oscar Garcia this season, a major breakthrough.

Forster-Caskey, stepson of former Albion skipper Nicky Forster, told The Argus: “I thought about it (Oxford) and had a good conversation with my agent, my stepdad and other people.

“I thought it would be beneficial for me to go out, play games and see what it was like to play consecutive games in a really tough league.

“I needed that from a personal point of view, because I wanted to prove to people I can play week in and week out.

“Now that I am playing more games I think it obviously worked and the plan was right.”

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10:19am Sun 16 Feb 14

Baldseagull says...

He was very good under Gus for a few games in the centre, until the Newcastle game when he had a bit of a shocker. I don't think he played again under Gus after that and I was a bit worried his confidence had been shot, good to see him back but he hasn't hit the really top form he showed before just yet, but having seen it, I know it is in there and in time it will come.
He was very good under Gus for a few games in the centre, until the Newcastle game when he had a bit of a shocker. I don't think he played again under Gus after that and I was a bit worried his confidence had been shot, good to see him back but he hasn't hit the really top form he showed before just yet, but having seen it, I know it is in there and in time it will come. Baldseagull

5:27pm Sun 16 Feb 14

2ndCitySeagull says...

Baldseagull wrote:
He was very good under Gus for a few games in the centre, until the Newcastle game when he had a bit of a shocker. I don't think he played again under Gus after that and I was a bit worried his confidence had been shot, good to see him back but he hasn't hit the really top form he showed before just yet, but having seen it, I know it is in there and in time it will come.
I don't know how many away games you've seen this season Baldseagull? JFC has displayed top form on a few occasions, Donny away, Wigan and Port Vale in the cup to name a few. Too much value is often placed on midfielders scoring record rather than their ability to score and get in positions to score, ability Jake has in abundance.

His all round game and fitness has definately improved, if his combatitive skills and range of passing becomes more expansive he will graduate into a premiership player.
[quote][p][bold]Baldseagull[/bold] wrote: He was very good under Gus for a few games in the centre, until the Newcastle game when he had a bit of a shocker. I don't think he played again under Gus after that and I was a bit worried his confidence had been shot, good to see him back but he hasn't hit the really top form he showed before just yet, but having seen it, I know it is in there and in time it will come.[/p][/quote]I don't know how many away games you've seen this season Baldseagull? JFC has displayed top form on a few occasions, Donny away, Wigan and Port Vale in the cup to name a few. Too much value is often placed on midfielders scoring record rather than their ability to score and get in positions to score, ability Jake has in abundance. His all round game and fitness has definately improved, if his combatitive skills and range of passing becomes more expansive he will graduate into a premiership player. 2ndCitySeagull

8:23pm Sun 16 Feb 14

OldGull says...

2ndCitySeagull wrote:
Baldseagull wrote:
He was very good under Gus for a few games in the centre, until the Newcastle game when he had a bit of a shocker. I don't think he played again under Gus after that and I was a bit worried his confidence had been shot, good to see him back but he hasn't hit the really top form he showed before just yet, but having seen it, I know it is in there and in time it will come.
I don't know how many away games you've seen this season Baldseagull? JFC has displayed top form on a few occasions, Donny away, Wigan and Port Vale in the cup to name a few. Too much value is often placed on midfielders scoring record rather than their ability to score and get in positions to score, ability Jake has in abundance.

His all round game and fitness has definately improved, if his combatitive skills and range of passing becomes more expansive he will graduate into a premiership player.
Agreed
And his goal against Donny was voted goal of 2013
[quote][p][bold]2ndCitySeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Baldseagull[/bold] wrote: He was very good under Gus for a few games in the centre, until the Newcastle game when he had a bit of a shocker. I don't think he played again under Gus after that and I was a bit worried his confidence had been shot, good to see him back but he hasn't hit the really top form he showed before just yet, but having seen it, I know it is in there and in time it will come.[/p][/quote]I don't know how many away games you've seen this season Baldseagull? JFC has displayed top form on a few occasions, Donny away, Wigan and Port Vale in the cup to name a few. Too much value is often placed on midfielders scoring record rather than their ability to score and get in positions to score, ability Jake has in abundance. His all round game and fitness has definately improved, if his combatitive skills and range of passing becomes more expansive he will graduate into a premiership player.[/p][/quote]Agreed And his goal against Donny was voted goal of 2013 OldGull

11:50pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Alfie T says...

2ndCitySeagull wrote:
Baldseagull wrote:
He was very good under Gus for a few games in the centre, until the Newcastle game when he had a bit of a shocker. I don't think he played again under Gus after that and I was a bit worried his confidence had been shot, good to see him back but he hasn't hit the really top form he showed before just yet, but having seen it, I know it is in there and in time it will come.
I don't know how many away games you've seen this season Baldseagull? JFC has displayed top form on a few occasions, Donny away, Wigan and Port Vale in the cup to name a few. Too much value is often placed on midfielders scoring record rather than their ability to score and get in positions to score, ability Jake has in abundance.

His all round game and fitness has definately improved, if his combatitive skills and range of passing becomes more expansive he will graduate into a premiership player.
Premiership player, doubt it, no pace, no strength, knocked off the ball to easily,towards the end of his Oxford loan faded away, on the bench most of the time. Doesn't influence the game enough for me, I may be wrong,he may develop but my gut feeling says otherwise.
When I watched Ince playing for the development squad,his potential was there for all to see, makes a huge difference to the balance of our side, work rate is excellent.
[quote][p][bold]2ndCitySeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Baldseagull[/bold] wrote: He was very good under Gus for a few games in the centre, until the Newcastle game when he had a bit of a shocker. I don't think he played again under Gus after that and I was a bit worried his confidence had been shot, good to see him back but he hasn't hit the really top form he showed before just yet, but having seen it, I know it is in there and in time it will come.[/p][/quote]I don't know how many away games you've seen this season Baldseagull? JFC has displayed top form on a few occasions, Donny away, Wigan and Port Vale in the cup to name a few. Too much value is often placed on midfielders scoring record rather than their ability to score and get in positions to score, ability Jake has in abundance. His all round game and fitness has definately improved, if his combatitive skills and range of passing becomes more expansive he will graduate into a premiership player.[/p][/quote]Premiership player, doubt it, no pace, no strength, knocked off the ball to easily,towards the end of his Oxford loan faded away, on the bench most of the time. Doesn't influence the game enough for me, I may be wrong,he may develop but my gut feeling says otherwise. When I watched Ince playing for the development squad,his potential was there for all to see, makes a huge difference to the balance of our side, work rate is excellent. Alfie T

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