Who is Cheltenham Town-owned six-foot-three Sheffield Wednesday target Will Boyle?

Buckle up. Sheffield Wednesday look set to be linked with lots and lots of footballers in the coming weeks.

By Alex Miller
Wednesday, 19th May 2021, 5:00 am

And one of the links that would appear to have at least a little legs in it is that of Cheltenham Town centre-half Will Boyle

The six-foot-three could well be seen as a possible Tom Lees replacement should the former Owls skipper fall the wrong side of Wednesday’s retained list, expected soon.

Let’s take a look at who Boyle is..

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Cheltenham Town defender Will Boyle has been linked with Sheffield Wednesday.

Who is he?

Will Boyle is a Yorkshire-born 25-year-old centre-half with a burgeoning reputation. He’s currently Cheltenham Town’s longest-serving player and enjoyed a stellar season in their League Two title-winning campaign.

Strong in the air, the six-foot-three defender fleetingly spent time in the Scotland youth ranks, for whom he qualified through his father’s nationality.

Reports suggest he is well liked by a handful of clubs, including Wednesday and Championship Preston North End.

Where’s he played?

Starting life as a professional footballer at Huddersfield Town, Boyle didn’t quite make the grade and move to Cheltenham in 2017.

He was highly rated at the West Yorkshire club and was perhaps the victim of the first team’s success at the time.

Before that point he enjoyed short loan spells at Kidderminster Harriers, Macclesfield Town, York City and Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premiership shortly before impressing enough to have the Robins come in for him.

What’s his pedigree?

He’s highly thought of and has become a mainstay in the Cheltenham side.

Despite a knee injury having ended his season over Easter, he was named in the League Two team of the year last season as they were promoted to League One as champions.

Are there legs in it?

It’s one that would make a lot of sense, though Boyle, whose contract in Gloucestershire doesn’t expire until the end of next season, would cost Wednesday a fee.

He has experience of playing in a back three should Moore want to have that option and has improved on the ball in recent seasons.

A commanding presence, he could offer something Wednesday have lacked and a move to a club of that size could bring the best out of him.

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