Position: Central Midfielder
Age: 37 *
At Club Since: July 2017
Total Club League Appearances (Goals): 321(25) *
Even the biggest Michael Doyle fan probably wouldn’t have expected him to have lasted the entirety of last season for us as first-choice, yet he did because he is a freak of nature. A defensive midfielder who’s increasingly losing what little pace he had to keep up with the game and with a very hit-and-miss passing ability, Michael Doyle shouldn’t have been such an important player for us, yet he was for the less tangible things he offered the side. Doyle’s impact was probably most apparent during the spell last February where he was injured and the team lost three games in the row and looked to be something of a hollow shell, it was no coincidence that the run of form that subsequently coincided to drag us into the play-offs came upon Doyle’s return.
Surely though, a full season of being first-choice at League One is beyond Doyle. In the FA Cup tie against League One MK Dons, he looked pretty far off the pace and against a Yeovil side full of pacey attackers – which could be similar to the type of threat we’ll face this season – he put in his worst performance of the season. While this are isolated games, on paper, it does seem unlikely that Doyle will be as effective for us this season as he was last season, playing at a higher level and at 37 years old. Yet, he is a player you can never really write off and if there is going to be one 37 year-old veteran midfielder making an impact in League One next season, it will surely be Michael Doyle.
*As of 13/10/2018