DOYLE BROADENING ON-FIELD ROLE
U23 Olympic Qualifying prospect Conor Doyle is looking to stake a claim for himself at the National level, no matter position he is asked to play.
Doyle has represented both the Republic of Ireland and the United States at the U20-21 level, though the forward has pledged his allegiance to the US during the summer. Yanks Abroad caught up with the Derby County man during the current U-23 training camp in Duisburg, Germany.
"It's going all right," Doyle stated about the training camp. "It's been tough with two-a-days for the last week and things like that. But it's been good overall, playing and getting to see everyone again."
US Head Coach Jürgen Klinsmann has already put in to place the model that he implemented while at the helm of the German National Team by creating a fluid system.
"We've had meetings before where we discuss it and say we're all just one big group," he revealed. "It's got to be fluid from the senior team all the way down to the youngest age group."
"I think that's going to help us out a lot, knowing that we're going to be playing the same system as the senior team."
The Creighton Bluejay had filled a variety of roles since signing as a professional in England, even with the National team. Against Azerbaijan, Doyle played as a right winger in a 4-3-3 formation.
"I think it was just for that game," he revealed. "But wherever the coaches want me to play for them, I'll play and work as hard as I can.
"I Personally would rather play up the middle, but if I get playing time, I'll play on the right or wherever the coach asks me to."
"I don't even usually play striker At Derby since they have me playing more like a midfielder," he went on to say. "Sometimes [they play me] wide on the right or in reserve games I'll play central midfield."
"It's nice to learn [different positions]. Then when you get to play up front, you know what the center midfielder or outside midfielder is looking for from the striker. It helps with those kinds of concepts."
Seeing time at the U-23 camp has made Doyle aware of the fact that he could be selected for the Olympic Qualifying campaign. Whether his club, Derby County, release him or not might be a different question.
"That's the clubs decision," he stated. "I've got to keep working hard [with the national team] to make sure that I can be in the team.
"Nothing is certain yet, there's a lot of good strikers here.
"I'm just hoping to have my name on the team sheet for qualifying whenever it comes out and it's the club's decision from there."
Doyle will be back in action for Derby on Saturday as the Rams welcome Hull City to Pride Park Stadium on Saturday.