It has been a truly awful year to be a Bradford City supporter, hasn’t it?
Having witnessed their side sack two managers, concede 77 goals and win just 11 games in League One, it would have been understandable if some of the Valley Parade faithful breathed a sigh of relief when their car crash of a season came to an end earlier this month.
With the Bantams now preparing for their first fourth-tier campaign since 2013, it is imperative that boss Gary Bowyer makes the correct calls when overhauling his squad this summer.
Whereas the vast majority of the players who contributed to the club’s relegation should rightfully be allowed to leave in the transfer window, the 47-year-old must resist the temptation to cut ties with Eoin Doyle.
According to Sun journalist Alan Nixon, the forward is reportedly a target for Swindon Town who are looking to bolster their attacking options ahead of next season.
Although it is fair to say that Doyle didn’t set League One alight last year and suffered tremendously with his consistency, the fact that he still managed to find the back of the net on 11 occasions suggests that it may be worth prolonging his stay in West Yorkshire.
Furthermore, when you consider that he has a track-record of scoring at a higher standard than the fourth tier, there is no reason why he cannot thrive over the coming years if Bowyer brings in some new additions that compliment the £650k-rated ace’s (via Transfermarkt) style of play.
Indeed, keeping Doyle instead of letting him go for a fee would undeniably be a risk for Bradford to take yet unless they have a sufficient replacement lined up for the 31-year-old, it may turn out to be the correct decision.
What do you think Bantams fans? Should Bowyer sell Doyle this summer? Or would it be more beneficial to keep the forward at Valley Parade? Get in touch below.
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