'Future England star': Sunderland fans in awe of Manchester City loanee's Saturday display
Manchester City loaned Callum Doyle to Sunderland on Friday.
By Saturday, the Citizens academy ace had already become a fan favourite at the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland boss Lee Johnson gave Doyle his Black Cats debut in the pre-season friendly at Hearts.
Despite being just 17, the Manchester City loanee showed composure and class beyond his years.
Doyle was simply excellent defensively, didn’t put a foot wrong, and helped Sunderland record a clean sheet.
At the other end, Aiden McGeady helped himself to a brace.
The veteran opened the scoring from the penalty spot on 14 minutes and fired in a great finish on 41 minutes.
But so impressive was Doyle that the Sunderland Twitter page singled him out for praise.
And fans were just as impressed – here’s what they said in response:
VirgilVanDoyle— Adam Guest (@adamguest) July 17, 2021
Colossal— Danny Watson 🇫🇷🏴 (@dannysafc73) July 17, 2021
VanDjik-like— Matty (@MattySunlun) July 17, 2021
Absolutelyunbelievable— ᴍᴀᴛᴛʜᴇᴡ 🏴 (@SAFCsharpy) July 17, 2021
Future England star 👏👏— Templeton Peck (@Templet69197880) July 17, 2021
Beckenbauer— John Ridley (@Ridderz86) July 17, 2021
Doyle was a key figure for his club’s Under-23s last season, helping them win the Premier League 2 title.
He made 12 U23s appearances and also played in two EFL Trophy matches.
Doyle even helped City’s Under-18s win their league title, making 14 appearances for them.
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