Doyle joins the Old Gold on loan

Wolves have bolstered their midfield options with the arrival of Tommy Doyle from Manchester City on a season-long loan.

The 21-year-old, whose move contains an option to become permanent next summer, joins the club on the back of a successful season with Sheffield United, who he helped to promotion to the Premier League in May.

Boasting a range of passing and impressive delivery from set pieces, Doyle joined City at the age of eight and spent more than a decade rising through the club’s ranks, before making his first-team debut ten years down the line, starting against Southampton in Carabao Cup back in 2019.

Displaying leadership qualities from a young age, Doyle regularly captained City’s academy teams, while also progressing through each England youth level, representing as many as six Three Lions groups up the under-21s, who he helped to Euro 2023 glory in the summer, coming off the bench in the final against Spain.  

Loan spells away aided the Mancunian’s development, as he split his 2021/22 season between a spell in Germany with Hamburger SV, where he scored his first senior goal, and Cardiff City in the Championship.

It was last year where Doyle really came to the fore, however. The midfielder added 38 appearances to his tally, scoring four goals and providing seven assists, and producing all-round midfield performances, as the Blades won automatic promotion and reached the FA Cup semi-finals.

During that cup run, the 21-year-old’s stunning late winner against Blackburn Rovers sent the Blades to Wembley and earned the midfielder the club’s Goal of the Season award.

Now ready for the Premier League, Doyle adds a new dimension to Gary O’Neil’s midfield options for the remainder of the 2023/23 season, at the minimum.

Sporting director Matt Hobbs said: “I’ve talked before about players coming here with the hunger to kick on again, and Tommy is another one of those. He’ll give us something different – he’s a good age profile, a good character profile, but most importantly a good footballer. He ticks a lot of boxes for us.

“He went to Championship and forced his way into the team, and showed he was beyond that. The next challenge is to prove he can do it every week in the Premier League and we’re here to help him, Gary is here to develop him as a Premier League midfielder like he was, so I think we’re a perfect place for Tommy to show what he’s capable of.”