What can new signing Tommy Doyle bring to Cardiff City?

Why the England U21 players is a good fit for the Bluebirds and what the fans think

CARDIFF City have signed midfielder Tommy Doyle from Manchester City on a six-month loan deal.

The England U21 player is manager Steve Morrison’s second signing of the January transfer window following Cody Drameh‘s move from Leeds United.

The move represents a potential step in the right direction for the Bluebirds who find themselves near the bottom of the Championship table in 20th.

Doyle already has a lot of top-level experience, turning out for Man City’s first team on several occasions, making appearances in the Premier League, Champions League, FA and League Cups.

He spent the first half of the season on loan at German second-tier side Hamburg, making seven appearances and scoring one goal.

Tommy Doyle with the Bluebirds’ shirt for the first time (Photo: Cardiff City)

Cardiff’s latest signing is an old-school footballer, he knows how to prepare and knuckle down which is just what the struggling Bluebirds need.

Doyle represents fresh blood for Morrison’s squad with a persistent grit and determination but also some much-needed flair and skill.

He has played for Pep Guardiola alongside the very best and did not look out of place and has also shone for youth teams as the star player and captain, proving himself to be very adaptable.

Football runs deep in Doyle’s blood as both of his grandfathers, Mike Doyle and Glyn Pardoe, played for Manchester City, leading him to be even more well-liked by the fans.

Lifelong Manchester City fan Matt Lloyd, 23, said: “Tommy Doyle has a lot to offer this Cardiff team. I would say his passing ability and work rate are the key attributes.

“His wide range of passing will stand out; it can unlock defences and leave the opposition defenders second-guessing his next move.

“Although he didn’t play as much for Hamburg as all parties would have liked, he did become adored by the Hamburg fans in such a short space of time.

“I guarantee he’ll leave a similar impression on Cardiff fans come the end of the season.”

Tommy Doyle in action as captain for Manchester City’s U21 side (Photo: Manchester City)

The introduction of Doyle can help the Bluebirds who require the stability and fresh ideas in midfield that he can bring.

Cardiff City fan Connor Davies, 22, said: “The arrival of Tommy Doyle has certainly excited the Cardiff fans. He seems like a great young prospect. 

“Many fans including myself are hoping he brings the extra quality in the final third where we’ve been lacking many times this season. We’ve lost games that were winnable because we never had that cutting edge.

“He’s a dead ball specialist and definitely has a point to prove when he returns to Man City. Doyle’s arrival along with Leeds fullback Drameh has strengthened the team in the last two weeks and hopefully he helps push us on to climb the table.”

Doyle will wear the number 22 shirt during his stay at Cardiff.