PNE striker is making his mark at Oldham

Eoin Doyle in action for PNE in pre-season
Eoin Doyle in action for PNE in pre-season

Eoin Doyle is making the best of his loan switch away from Preston North End by being very much the man of the moment with Oldham Athletic in League One.

Doyle has scored 10 goals in 11 games for the Latics, that strike rate helping fire them out of the relegation zone and up the table.

Eoin Doyle

Eoin Doyle

The Irish striker is now the joint second highest scorer in the division.

He moved to Oldham on the final day of the transfer window on August 31, with the loan running until the New Year.

It is very much a case of Doyle putting himself in the shop window, with his goals likely to see a lot of interest in him in January.

Doyle has shown in the past that he scores goals at League One level.

In the first half of the 2014/15 season, he netted 22 league goals for Chesterfield, a tally which saw him earn a big-money to Cardiff City.

But he struggled for goals in the Championship both with Cardiff and then Preston.

North End boss Alex Neil is pleased to see Doyle among the goals at Oldham.

Neil told the Post: “Eoin is a good player.

“The way that we play doesn’t necessarily suit Eoin’s style.

“That was the reason we let him go out on loan.

“There is no question that when he is playing well, he is capable of scoring goals.

“He has done remarkably well at Oldham, that is great for him and great for us.

“Everyone is in a win-win situation with that one.”

The likelihood is that PNE will look to sell Doyle during the January window.

Doyle’s latest goal came on Tuesday night in Oldham’s 2-1 win over Bury.

On the opposite side was his former Preston team-mate Jermaine Beckford, with who he had that infamous spat in North End’s game at Sheffield Wednesday last December.

Ex-PNE winger Chris Humphrey was in the Bury side too, having joined the Shakers in July after a spell at Hibernian.