Doyle is a shrewd purchase for Wolves

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles

Kevin Doyle yesterday signed for newly-promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers in a deal rumoured to be worth around £6.5 million.

Reading decided to allow the player to leave in order to allow Doyle to once more savour the taste of Premiership football.

The 25-year-old joined Reading in 2005 for a nominal fee of £78,000 from Cork City. He had helped the South coast club to first place in the Eircom League scoring 25 goals for the club in his two year spell there.

He soon became an instant hit at the Madjeski Stadium. It didn’t take him long to adapt to the furious pace of England’s second tier. By the end of his first season in English football, he finished on an impressive tally of 18 goals.

In the process he helped Reading storm to the summit of the Championship table. Crowned champions, the following season they successfully managed to take the step up into the Premier League.

Reading and Kevin Doyle alike enjoyed a remarkable baptism into top flight football. They built on a solid start, and after November 18th remained in the top half of the table for the rest of the season, eventually finishing 8th.

Doyle established himself as one of the league’s most lethal strikers, poaching 13 goals. However the following season he was unable to maintain his fine form.

Reading failed to build on their 2006-07 season, dropping out of the league the following season. The loss of inspirational captain Steve Sidwell to Chelsea and their inconsistency in games ultimately cost them.

Doyle only managed a disappointing total of eight goals and was unable to steer The Royals to safety. Many pundits tipped Reading to bounce straight back up the next season.

Steve Coppell managed to hold onto his key players like Doyle, Stephen Hunt, James Harper and Ivar Ingimarsson. Yet despite Doyle once again completing his second season in the Championship on 18 goals, Reading missed out on promotion after being defeated in the play-off semi finals.

With World Cup year beckoning it’s no surprise that Doyle decided it was time to move on. There is the undoubted need for him to be playing football in order to impress the strong minded Irish manager, Giovanni Trapattoni.

Wolves were the first club to make an offer for the striker and Reading accepted, making Doyle their most expensive export in the clubs history at £6.5 million. He joins an offensive line up for Wolves which is already brimming with talent like the highly rated Ebanks Blake who bagged a sensational 37 goals last term.

When speaking to the media at Molineux yesterday he said of the move: “I’m delighted to get the move sorted and can’t wait to get going.”

“The facilities here are top class and it’s great to be going back into the Premier League again.”

He remorsefully added: “I’m sad to be leaving Reading because I had some great years there but I’m going with their blessing as well which is nice. This is a fresh start.”

At £6.5 million, Doyle is really good value for a proven striker in the Premier League. He is still young and can progress under the experienced Wolves manager, Mick McCarthy. Paired with a potent strike partner in Blake, the two could prove vital in Wolves hopes of survival in the Premier League.

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