Phillips: Sunderland tipped to 'sit down' Doyle after 'rut' revealed
Sunderland manager Lee Johnson will drop Callum Doyle from the starting XI against Mansfield Town, according to Kevin Phillips.
The Stadium of Light legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, is adamant the 18-year-old would benefit from a rest after a dip in form.
The Black Cats have lost their last three games in League One and have conceded nine goals in the process.
Doyle lost possession 19 times and won just 44 per cent of his ground duels on Tuesday night as Lee Johnson’s side lost 3-0 at Sheffield Wednesday. (SofaScore)
The Black Cats welcome Mansfield Town to the Stadium of Light in the first round of the FA Cup on Saturday.
When asked by Football Insider if Doyle would benefit from being taken out of the side, Phillips said: “I think Lee Johnson will bring him out now.
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“Some players play through a loss of form but that‘s more players who have lots of experience behind them. Those kind of players know how to deal with it and know how to deal with the situation.
“Doyle is a young kid. Players of that age don’t know how to get out of a rut. They tend to just dig the hole a bit deeper. Their performances get progressively worse.
“This is now an opportunity to take him out of the team for the FA Cup and the EFL Trophy. Give him a rest, sit him down, show him his good performances and make him feel good about himself again.
“He is a top player but sometimes as a player you need to look from the outside in.
“Sunderland have players that can come in, provide cover and take the pressure off Doyle.”