‘Perfect’ - Chief reveals why Wolves have signed £4.3m Man City midfielder
Wolves have completed the signing of Tommy Doyle, and now the reasons behind signing him have been revealed.
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Sporting director Matt Hobbs believes Wolves can be the 'perfect place' for Tommy Doyle to develop following his loan move from Manchester City.
Doyle has joined on a season-long loan, but there is a £4.3m option that Wolves can take up should they want to, though there is a 50% sell-on-clause, should it be made permanent. It is in part to do with the £53m deal agreed for with Matheus Nunes, and the arrival of the 21-year-old will help soften the blow of the Portuguese international.
The EURO 2023 under-21's winning midfielder had been a long-term target of Hobbs, who had tracked him over the last 18 months. He had spent last season on loan at Sheffield United, and played a key role in helping the Blades get promoted.
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.”
Doyle is one of several signings that have arrived since Gary O’Neil’s appointment. The departures of Joao Moutinho and Ruben Neves this summer have left considerable gaps in the midfield, and now there is a hope that Doyle can fill that void left by the two Portuguese stars.
“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.”
Doyle could be in line to make his debut against Crystal Palace at Molineux this Sunday. Clubs have a deadline of 12.00 pm on a working day to register their players and he could at least find himself in contention following his move.