Preston have had a whole host of strikers in recent times, with some a little more successful than others.
Joe Garner, Jermaine Beckford and Jordan Hugill have all impressed, but the likes of Stevie May, Stuart Beavon and Will Keane left something to be desired.
Another striker you can brand as a ‘flop’ is Eoin Doyle. Signed on loan from Cardiff City in 2015, Doyle only managed four goals in 29 games. For some reason though, North End chose to spend and sign the Irishman permanently.
Simon Grayson seemingly hoped to get the best out of Doyle, having seen him hit 38 goals in 84 games for Chesterfield. That didn’t happen, with Doyle only managing three goals in 15 games in the 2016-17 season.
His most notable moment in a Preston shirt was actually a fight with teammate Jermaine Beckford away at Sheffield Wednesday in 2016. Both players were sent off, and Doyle played just twice for Preston after that.
Loans to Portsmouth and Oldham Athletic followed, before Preston cashed in almost 18 months ago, selling him to Bradford City. Doyle couldn’t prevent the Bantams from suffering relegation, and he’s been on the move again, joining Swindon Town.
So just how is Doyle faring? Well, he’s making headlines with the League Two side having smashed 11 goals in his last seven games. His tally for the season now stands at 17 goals in 17 games for Swindon, meaning he’s one of the top goalscorers in English football this season.
The 31-year-old has seemingly found himself a home at Swindon, who will now fear losing him given that he’s only on loan. We maybe shouldn’t be too surprised that Doyle is tearing League Two to shreds, but his form is still absolutely incredible.
It may not have worked out at Preston, but Doyle has been finding the net away from Deepdale – and it would be little surprise to see a League One side take a punt on him in 2020.