Someone tie Kevin Doyle to the goalpost

So we are safe from relegation with games left over. Mission accomplished, let’s all go on our summer holidays to overpriced bars and pools full of chlorine-tainted goodness.

A good holiday is the least the squad deserve.

But for heaven’s sake, will someone send an MI6 agent with Mr Kevin Doyle wherever he heads on his holidays. The last thing we need is good-for-nothing agents tapping him up, trying to sell him the wonders of the capital of European football.
There is no doubt that Doyle has been one of the best players we have seen in a Wolves shirt for many years and has more than lived up to his hefty price tag. Inevitably, good players in the Premier League catch the eye of the bigger clubs who swoop in with their oil-funded transfer bids. But let’s just hope Super Kev remembers what happened to players of the past who were tempted by pound signs.

Here are some examples of how multi-million pound moves go wrong (sounds like a new TV show, all we need now is a dramatic American voice-over to introduce)

Steve Sidwell – Had a fantastic season with Reading and was regarded as a very talented player. Join Chelsea only to sit on the bench and not do much until joining Villa….where he mainly sits on the bench, not doing much.

Scott Parker – Was at the top of his game at Charlton and on the verge of the England starting XI. Joined Chelsea for millions, didn’t make much of an impact and was shipped off to Newcastle after a short time. Now plays for relegation-battling west Ham.

Shaun Wright-Phillips – Widely regarded as one of the best young talents in the game, he joined Chelsea from Man City. Impressed before falling out of favour and was restricted to sub appearances. Went back to Man City.

Sir Robbie Keane – Left his role of captain of Spurs to join Liverpool….where he failed to fit into their method of playing. Quickly rejoined Spurs, where he lost his first team spot to Peter Crouch. Shipped out on loan to Celtic.

Joleon Lescott – Was a regular starter for Everton and nearly hit double figures in one season. Joined super-rich Man City and unfortunately suffered an injury. Now injury-free, he has to settle for a place on the bench.

So Mr Doyle, if you are reading this please take my advice. Don’t wander off to a “bigger” club just because they can offer you a Ferrari, £500,000 house and a partridge in a pear tree. Think what you did for Reading, gave them a season to prove they could offer you what you wanted. They didn’t, so you came to us. Why not give us a try as well?

 


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