Cardiff City fans have been well aware of their club’s need for a new striker. Adam Le Fondre left the club on loan this January with goals a serious issue for the Bluebirds. Now BBC Wales’ Rob Phillips has confirmed Cardiff agreed a fee worth £750,000 for the League One top goalscorer, Eoin Doyle.
Eoin Doyle is a 6ft striker who has done most of his development at lower league clubs. Doyle began his career with a couple of youth academies, Shelbourne, Cherry Orchard and Crumlin United all in his native Ireland. Shamrock Rovers was where he made his breakthrough with 5 goals in 35 games for the Irish giants.
Following Shamrock Rovers, Sligo Rovers purchased Doyle and he netted 29 goals in 84 league matches for Sligo. The Dublin born striker was then given an opportunity over in Scotland as Hibernian signed Doyle where he netted 11 goals in 49 Scottish league matches.
Cardiff fans have had a mixed reaction to this deal being agreed because of this less than spectacular development period. However looking at his Chesterfield record in League One should bring Cardiff some hope, in 43 matches last season Doyle netted 11 times but the now 26-year-old has found form this campaign. Since the beginning of the 2014/15 season, Doyle has shot to the top of the League One goalscoring charts with 16 strikes in 19 matches.
Of course with Doyle untested at Championship level, the move is a risk and has been criticised by some because of manager Russell Slade’s reliance on League One and lower Championship players. Do you think he’s a good signing?