Thursday 22 February 2018

Dynamic Doyle can be top gun -- Trapattoni

Neil Ahern

WITH speculation mounting over a possible approach from Arsenal for Wolves' Irish striker Kevin Doyle, Giovanni Trapattoni has fanned the flames by saying that he believes the Wexford man is now ready for the big time.

Doyle has been linked with a move to the North London club after another hugely impressive season in the Premier League, this time with Mick McCarthy's Wolves side -- who finished 15th in the Premier League thanks in no small part to the performances of the 26-year-old.

McCarthy has admitted that he will find it tough to hold on to the former Cork City forward, and Trapattoni agrees.

Indeed, the Italian thinks Doyle is now primed for a move to a big club and will thrive as a player if that does come to pass.

"I read this news and I will be very happy for him, because I think Kevin is ready to play with a great team," said Trapattoni. "My experience is that he is alone up front a lot, but I saw him many, many times alone against difficult defenders -- like against Manchester United and Arsenal -- against very strong opposition and I'm sure if he can have more passes of quality, it would be fantastic for him.


"I know Kevin is superior, but a striker is better when he has good support from team-mates, and with 30 more balls into him over 90 minutes, that is important."

Doyle is one of many Irish players whose future is uncertain at the moment, with Robbie Keane, Aiden McGeady and Marc Wilson, amongst others, mulling over their options this summer for various reasons.

And Trapattoni believes that any players looking for a move may be better served to assess options abroad, because the English market is so crowded with talent scoured from every corner of the globe.

"Yes, I am sure they can play (more games abroad). I was in Germany and it's a little like England, there are a lot of foreigners there but not as many as in England.

"They can play in other leagues. It's a matter of communication between one league and another country, there's possibly not enough communications or opportunities to view Irish players from abroad."

Trapattoni, meanwhile, admitted that he will not be travelling abroad this summer for the World Cup, revealing for the first time that he will be watching events in South Africa from the comfort of his own couch.

The former Juventus boss was expected to travel to view Ireland's future opponents in the next European Championship qualification campaign, Slovakia, but he admitted he will not be making the journey.

"Going to the World Cup is showing off! At home I can watch every game, at 2.0, 5.0 and also on the DVD -- I can look at many situations," he said. "The job is better done at home. You can see more games on Sky and DVDs. I have many invitations but no (I will not be going)."

Trapattoni revealed a couple of injury doubts ahead of next week's friendlies.

McGeady is a fresh concern after suffering knee ligament damage, with the Italian saying that may need up to five weeks to recover.

Wilson's hamstring injury, meanwhile, will almost certainly keep him from making a debut, although he will join up with the squad next week.

  • Manchester City are believed to have tabled a £20m bid for Aston Villa midfielder James Milner yesterday.

The 24 year-old is currently halfway through the four-year contract he signed when joining Villa for £12m from Newcastle in the summer of 2008.

Irish Independent

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