Stoke City FC are interested in signing the right winger Martin Boyle from Hibernian, it is rumoured today. The 27 year old who has been at Easter Road since joining on loan from Dundee for the 2014/15 season, in a move which later became permanent, is out of contract next year and it is thought that the Edinburgh club might be looking to sell the player before he becomes eligible to leave on a free transfer.
Domestic career to date
Boyle began his career at Montrose in 2008 before moving to Dundee United for the 2012/13 season and then on to Hibernian. He was unfortunately ruled out of the first ten games of the 2019/20 season with a recurrence of a knee injury sustained on International duty. At the time, Hibs’ head coach was quoted as saying that everyone at the club was “really disappointed….He’s got that electric pace and athleticism we’d love to be using”. Boyle did, however, finish the season with 28 appearances and an impressive average contribution to a goal every two games, clocking up six goals and eight assists.
International caps with Australia
Despite being born in Aberdeen and also having represented Scotland at U16 level, Boyle is eligible to play for Australia as his father was originally from Sydney. He secured an Australian passport in 2018 and has since won four international caps. His first full debut was in the 3-0 victory over Lebanon in which he scored two of the goals and assisted with the third.
The Potters already have options available on the wing in the shape of attacking midfielder Tom Ince, Irish international James McClean as well as the left sided Sam Clucas but the arrival of Boyle could certainly add a healthy element of competition to the Stoke City midfield.
Stoke manager Michael O’Neill, who took charge last November, has been quoted as saying that he feels that the Scottish game is a good place to look for players for the Championship.