Eoin Doyle’s goals during the current campaign have propelled the Spireites into the League One play-off positions but without the Irishman, many feel that achieving this aim come the end of the season is now unrealistic.
Such pessimism is understandable, especially given the amount of times he’s managed to get on the scoresheet up until now.
Keeping the talismanic striker at the club would’ve been an extremely tough task. We’re talking about an individual here who has an ideal opportunity to further his career and potentially, edge himself closer to making an appearance for his national team as a result of moving up to the Championship.
Depth in a squad plays a huge part in achieving success, injuries to Gary Roberts and Dan Gardner have led to a shortage in wide positions and from what I’ve seen Mark Duffy in particular acts as a smart addition to a Chesterfield side that have a forward-thinking mentality on the field.
Also, the loan acquisition of Sheffield Wednesday’s Caolan Lavery provides a nimble forward for Paul Cook to utilise in the coming weeks and months.
Despite Doyle’s transfer to Cardiff City, there’s still genuine reasons to be positive in future due to recent signings that have a considerable amount of promise.
League One is an extremely tough place to be and having play-off aspirations at this stage is a privilege in itself. Without a particular Irishman, it’s difficult but more importantly, not impossible.
By Ben Littlewood