SPIREITES: Interest in Chesterfield FC striker hots up

Bristol City vs Chesterfield - Eoin Doyle Pic By James Williamson
Bristol City vs Chesterfield - Eoin Doyle Pic By James Williamson

Chesterfield are bracing themselves for an influx of offers for top marksman Eoin Doyle in January.

The Spireites striker is attracting interest from Championship club Millwall and League One high-flyers Bristol City ahead of the transfer window.

Crewe vs Chesterfield - Eoin Doyle Pic By: James Williamson

Crewe vs Chesterfield - Eoin Doyle Pic By: James Williamson

Doyle’s 16 goals so far this season make him the leading scorer throughout the Football League and hot property with the list of suitors growing.

However, any move for the former Sligo Rovers and Hibernian man will have to meet the club’s valuation of a player contracted until the summer of 2016.

Offers that fall short of the mark, believed to be seven figures, are unlikely to be entertained by Chesterfield who are under no pressure to sell one of their prize assets.

The 26-year-old played a key role in last season’s League Two championship winning side and scored at Wembley against Peterborough United in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final.

He has carried that form on in League One this campaign and back-to-back hat-tricks in September against Scunthorpe United and Preston North End earned Doyle high praise.

The sought-after striker gave Steve Cotterill’s Bristol City a taste of his scoring prowess with two goals at Ashton Gate in October in a 3-2 defeat for the Spireites.

And his stock has risen since with four goals in an unbeaten November for Chesterfield, who are preparing for a second round FA Cup tie against MK Dons this coming Saturday.

The Spireites are carving out a reputation for developing players under the guidance of Paul Cook, with defender Liam Cooper moving to Leeds United earlier in the campaign.

And assistant manager Leam Richardson believes it is a sign Chesterfield are doing well when other clubs are monitoring the progress of their players.

“We expect interest,” said Richardson of Doyle, who has 19 in all competitions. “Eoin Doyle has scored so many goals, I’m sure every manager knows about Eoin Doyle now.

“We have other players around the pitch that I feel are good enough to play at a higher level too. We’re trying to improve players and, as with Liam Cooper, you can’t stop moves like that.”