Kenny Jackett has highlighted the ability of Kevin Doyle to “lead by example” as the striker prepares for his first Molineux action since the closure of the transfer window.
Wolves Head Coach Jackett admitted earlier in the summer he wasn’t necessarily expecting a player of the quality of Doyle to remain in Sky Bet League One, but the lack of a suitable offer from elsewhere and the Irishman’s happiness to stay at Molineux means the deadline came and went with any interest snuffed out.
Doyle has since revealed his determination to help “right the wrongs” of Wolves’ last two seasons, and will be keen to continue that process against Swindon this afternoon (3pm).
“Kevin has a determination to try to put something back into the club, to make sure the club get back to where they belong and to also from his point of view enjoy his football,” says Jackett.
“Creating and scoring goals is something he’s focused on.
“They were positive comments from Kevin, who’s a very well regarded senior professional.
“He has the opportunity to put something right.
“You want to push yourself and do as well you can all of the time.
“But for all of your senior professionals you want them to be good characters, say the right things and lead by example, and in terms of my time here, he’s done that.
“In terms of him moving on it would all depend on who would be interested in him.
“And you then need to sum up the size of that club and the potential against the potential of this one.
“You maybe need to ask him that question. But Wolves is a very big club and a club with fantastic potential and I’m not sure people would always want to give that up if the door is still open for them here.
“If it was closed then it might be slightly different.”
There were thoughts that Doyle’s international career with the Republic of Ireland might be hampered by League One football, although fellow Wolves striker Leigh Griffiths has maintained a place in the Scotland squad thus far.
Hence Jackett’s suggestion that a new Ireland manager might well consider an in-form Doyle if required.
He says: “I don’t think playing in League One is a problem (internationally), especially when you’re talking about someone with that kind of experience.
“He has experience of international football with his 52 caps.
“So internationally, he’s very experienced and Trapattoni has had a high turnover of centre forwards in the last 18 months.
“He’s tried a lot of different people - Connor Sammon, Paddy Madden has been playing recently, so they’re looking around.
“It doesn’t seem it’s settled and so there are places available.
“After Shane Long and Robbie Keane there is a rotation between Andy Keogh, Sammon and Madden.
“So it seems there are places up for grabs even without the change of manager.
“But I’m sure the change of manager will alert everyone that has a chance - including Kevin.”
Doyle’s spell at Wolves has been characterised by a great deal of selfless running and off-the-ball work, and generally not as many goals as his strike partners.
He did chip in with some vital winners as Wolves tried to save their Championship season earlier this year, and Jackett admits he is happy with Doyle’s all-round contribution.Doyle's
“As a person in my position, when you put a side out, you do look at who are the four or five potential scorers in the side,” says the Head Coach.
“You can’t have enough of those, but I do feel he’s got goals in him and he’ll get into the right situations.
“I also think he’ll contribute to the general team play and he’ll provide assists.”