Chesterfield’s reliance on Doyle continues

Eoin Doyle

Eoin Doyle

To get to their match at Chesterfield, a group of Barnsley fans did a fundraiser walk, going from Oakwell at 3 o’clock in the morning, to the Proact Stadium, getting there in the afternoon. Naturally, those fans saw their side lose 2-1 to a team who, until that game, had gone 7 matches without a win, and 4 without a goal. Cruel luck.

One man in no mood to be charitable was Eoin Doyle, who re-emphasized his position as the Football League’s top scorer with a brace that afternoon. Doyle has now scored 16 goals in the league, and 19 overall this season, which is an outstanding record considering it is only November. The most impressive thing about Doyle’s goals is the varying type of them. He has scored one-on-ones, deft finishes, power shots, penalties and tap-ins, and in doing so, he has demonstrated great strength, work rate, pace, composure, confidence, and obviously a clinical eye for goal.

Doyle is clearly playing below his level, yet in some ways, this could be a problem for Chesterfield. If a promotion chasing Championship club, perhaps Derby County or Nottingham Forest, were to sign Doyle in January, where would their goals come from?

Chesterfield do have a good midfield, which can control a game and pass the ball around well. The likes of Sam Morsy, Sam Clucas and Gary Roberts possess plenty of technical quality, meaning that whoever may have to replace Doyle will not be working without creative players around them. However, Doyle’s departure, which would seem inevitable should he continue his current vein of form, would mean an increased pressure on others to contribute more goals.

Chesterfield might look comfortable in 11th place, yet this is a very tight league and they are only 7 points clear of the relegation zone. If they were to lose Doyle, don’t be too surprised to see them become candidates for the drop.