Richie Wellens’ Swindon Town have enjoyed a solid start to their League Two campaign with the Wiltshire based side collecting an impressive 11 points from a possible 18, recording three wins, two draws and one defeat thus far.
The summer transfer window came at a good time for Wellens, who possessed a squad in need of a regeneration after a lacklustre campaign last season, in which his charges finished in an uninspiring mid-table position of 13th.
Over the course of the window, Wellens bought in no less than 13 players in, with a further 15 leaving the County Ground on either permanent or temporary deals.
The most interesting arrival for the Robins is undoubtedly the loan signing of 31-year-old striker Eoin Doyle from potential play-off rivals, Bradford City.
Doyle brings a wealth of Football League experience to the County Ground, having turned out for Chesterfield, Cardiff City, Preston North End, Portsmouth and Oldham Athletic during his time in English football.
And the striker has really hit the ground running since arriving in Wiltshire with the Irishman notching up an impressive five goals in his first four league games, averaging a goal every 100 minutes.
The Irishman scored an impressive double against Morecambe last weekend, with the first of which involving good anticipation to score, after an earlier shot was deflected into his path. Doyle’s second goal involved sharp movement in the penalty area to guide a header inside the near post.
The addition of Doyle is also fascinating because of his previous form when under the management of current Town boss Wellens at former club Oldham Athletic, for whom the striker scored an impressive 16 goals in 34 appearances across all competitions.
Surely Bradford will live to regret letting the Irishmen leave to a direct rival for the play-off spots?
Wellens has clearly instructed Doyle to stay high up the field as much as possible, with one of the striker’s main perceived weaknesses, as identified by WhoScored.com, being his lack of work-rate when out of possession.
That is a trait that will not have a negative effect on the team as a whole, due to Wellens’ preferred 4-2-3-1 formation providing three solid banks when defending their own goal.
This allows Doyle to stay on the shoulder of the last defender and use his short turn of pace to create scoring opportunities for himself and others on the counter-attack, which is one of the main features of the Robins’ attacking play.
If the first six games are anything to go by, Doyle should thrive on the service provided to him from both wide and central areas, with Swindon playing some really attractive, expansive football this season.