Sunderland manager Alex Neil is of the opinion that Manchester City loan star Callum Doyle has played a lot of football and it has affected his performance.
Doyle has made 37 appearances for the Black Cats this season in all competitions after signing for them on loan in the summer.
In the league, Doyle hasn’t missed a single minute of football since he was out of the starting lineup for a game in early October and overall has started just two games this season.
Neil admitted Doyle was badly in need of a break from play but circumstances forced Sunderland’s hand as his traits are not common at the Stadium of Light.
The Black Cats boss has no doubt Doyle will turn into a fantastic player but at the same time sees the centre-back’s exhaustion and can sympathize if his performance is a bit lackluster.
“Callum is probably number one [in need of a rest]but the simple fact is that he is the only left-handed centre-back we have”Neil was quoted as saying by the Sunderland Echo.
“The kid has played too much football, we rely on him too much.
“He’ll be a very, very good player but it’s difficult for him at the moment because when you’re not fully fit and you’re not refreshed it’s hard for you to show your best.”
The Black Cats are now on a six-game league winless streak and the 1-1 draw against Burton Albion was another setback, with Doyle coming under fire for his performance against the Brewers.