Paul Heckingbottom comments on Tommy Doyle

Tommy Doyle had a significant role in Sheffield United’s promotion to the Premier League last season while on loan at Bramall Lane. There were discussions about a potential transfer over the summer, but no agreement was reached. Instead, the Manchester City midfielder secured a loan move to Wolves with an option to buy.

As he prepares for his first return to the Blades on Saturday with Wolves, it’s interesting to consider what might have been if circumstances were different. When asked if a summer transfer was ever close, Heckingbottom commented:


“No. Listen, he wanted to and we’d have taken him, without a doubt. But City were keen to sell. Finances, that’s all it was.”


“He had a couple of loans which were indifferent but someone I’d seen a lot of and knew a lot about.


“I knew his character and also his technical ability. I was pretty sure he was what we were looking for and what we were after. He did great. We were good for him and he was good for us. I have nothing but praise for him, he’s a good lad.” [SUTV]


Since his loan switch in the summer Doyle has had limited opportunities at Molineux, having made just five appearances this season, primarily starting in the Carabao Cup.