Callum Doyle is out on loan from Manchester City now Credit: Getty
The 18-year-old joined the League One club in July for the 2021-22 campaign and has been an ever-present member of Lee Johnson’s side since.
Speaking before Sunderland’s 5-1 quarter-final Carabao Cup defeat to Arsenal on Sky Sports on Tuesday evening, via the Sunderland Echo, Phillips, who was a pundit for the game, commended Doyle’s displays during his loan spell in the North East.
“You just look at the lad, he’s a big powerful lad, he’s got a lovely left foot and he sits lovely in that back three with the balance on that left side.” he said.
The centre-back has featured in 21 of the Black Cats’ 22 league games, providing two assists. Despite his age, Phillips believes Doyle’s performances alongside Bailey Wright and Tom Flanagan in a three-man defence has shown a great level of maturity.
“It shows a maturity that’s way above his age and I would imagine that has been schooled through the Manchester City academy. I think he led the under-23s that won the league last season at City.”
“He went through a tricky spell but what kid doesn’t? He has come out of it the other side and is a very exciting talent.”
Since his arrival on Wearside, Doyle has impressed England under-19s manager Ian Foster and made his debut for Young Lions on September 2 against Italy.
The 18-year-old has gone on to make a further six appearances under Foster, most recently on November 16, in a UEFA U-19 Championship Qualification game against Sweden.
Sunderland sit third in League One, two points off second-place Wigan Athletic and four points off top of the table Rotherham United.