After last week’s goalkeeping special, I and fellow blogger 5stars will be focusing on two outfield players this week. Today I will profile Wolves striker Kevin Doyle, while on Wednesday 5stars will be featuring a Sunderland player…
Currently playing as a striker for Wolverhampton Wanderers, Kevin Doyle is also an international for the Republic of Ireland. However Doyle started his senior career at St Patrick’s Athletic, before transferring to top Irish club Cork City in the year 2003. The 26 year old featured 75 times for Cork; also he bagged himself 25 goals in a two year period. Kevin Doyle transferred to English side Reading in the year 2005, in his first season as a ‘Royals’ player the side were promoted to the Premier League, thanks to Doyle’s strike in a 1-1 draw against Leicester. Throughout his Reading career the goalscoring hitman featured 154 times for the club scoring a decent tally of 55 goals in the process. This season Doyle decided to move away from the Madjeski Stadium for bigger and better things, as he moved to Wolves in a deal worth £6.5 million pounds.
The 09/10 Premier League season ended yesterday, but for Mick McCarthy’s side they finished the campaign on a high after they defeated Sunderland 2-1. Doyle scored one of two goals as he netted his ninth Premier League goal from the penalty spot. The 26 year old scored a handful of key goals for Wolves, in the middle of December Doyle netted the winning goal against Tottenham at White Hart Lane; he also scored in a 1-1 draw against Everton. As Wolverhampton Wanderers fought off relegation, Kevin Doyle will undoubtedly be an inaugural figure in the Wolves side for next season.
Since the year 2006 Kevin Doyle has been part of his international side the Republic of Ireland. The Wolverhampton striker has been capped 31 times, and has scored 7 goals. Doyle made his full team debut in the year 2006 against Sweden, a year later he was named Ireland young player of the year. Recently Doyle played a massive part in the 2010 World Cup qualification stage, he scored goals against Georgia and Cyprus but the side overall failed to qualify for South Africa, as French striker Thierry Henry cheated them out of a place. Lastly Kevin Doyle was given the captain’s armband in a friendly game against World Cup hosts South Africa in September last year.
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