Doherty joined Tottenham from Wolves last summer in a £15m deal and has really struggled in his new surroundings.
The 29-year-old was in and out of Jose Mourinho’s starting XI before the Portuguese’s departure earlier this month, struggling to nail down that right-back position, with some feeling the player is only suited to playing as a right wing-back.
It is a sentiment shared by Roberts, who wants those who have a say on recruitment at the north London club to take some responsibility for not doing enough homework on Doherty.
Speaking exclusively to This Is Futbol about the Republic of Ireland international, the Tottenham legend said:
“The people that are recommending these players, you know, they need to stand up and be counted. They need to say we got it wrong; he wasn’t the player we thought we were going to get.
“You can’t play Doherty… I’m sure he’s played right-back before, but the only times I ever saw him play [he] was [at] wing-back. So, straight away in your mind, it’s not about defending, it’s about attacking.
“When you’re asked to play in a back four, it’s a totally different game. So he’s probably not used to it and that’s where you are.”
With this being Doherty’s first season at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, perhaps the former Wolves defender just needs some time to adapt.
In the meantime, interim boss Ryan Mason has the option of Serge Aurier and Japhet Tanganga when it comes to filling that right-back position.