Callum Doyle: Matty Hewitt from Chronicle Live spoke about Man City youngster Callum Doyle who won promotion into the Championship with Sunderland
“I think it’s fair to say Doyle was one of the surprise performers earlier in the season,” Matty says.
“The signing of a 17-year-old rose some eyebrows, but it was clear from the very off the quality he possesses. I remember a pre-season friendly against Hearts, he played alongside Tom Flanagan, an experienced professional at League One level, and Doyle completely outshone him. You can tell he’s still pretty raw and has plenty of time to develop, but I was really impressed with him.
“His ability to play out from the back with a cool head was one of his standout attributes, but he was also very rarely outbattled which bodes well at such a young age. It may be a bold statement, but you can see him playing for England at a senior level if he carries on his current trajectory. He played an awful lot for the Black Cats but was rested towards the end of the campaign.
Doyle next season has to be going to a club where his game-time can be managed.
“Doyle played an awful lot of football like many of his teammates. The Sunderland squad was completely revamped last summer with an influx of younger players. However, for a lot of them, Doyle included, it was their first season in senior football.
“The Black Cats went through a torrid run of form around January, with a lot of the players clearly fatigued. The arrival of Alex Neil coincided with signings in the January transfer window. Danny Batth came through the door from Championship side Stoke City. And it meant that Doyle was rested for the League One run-in. I wouldn’t say it was down to any errors or mistakes,. Just the fact he had played an awful lot of football without any real rest.
“Doyle coped well with the physical side of League One and has the technical ability to go higher. I don’t think I would rule out a move to a Championship side on loan next season. But even a move back to League One, to a promotion-chasing club, would stand him in good stead.
“I think the main thing for Doyle next season has to be going to a club. Where his game-time can be managed.”