The Republic of Ireland full-back was signed in the summer of 2020, but has failed to nail down a regular spot in the Tottenham side, despite having now played under four different managers.
Has Doherty been a flop at Spurs?
It has been well-documented that Tottenham, despite signing another right-back over the summer, are interested in signing Adama Traore to play as a wing-back, and Doherty has been mooted as a potential makeweight in a transfer that would see him return to Wolves.
Speaking on the latest edition of Sunday Vibes, Thomlinson urged Spurs to do everything they can to sell Doherty.
“They’ve got Matt Doherty [who] they spent £15 million on and is playing wing-back on the left-hand side. I don’t know why on earth that’s still happening, by the way – that experiment should be canned after the first 10 minutes. But Doherty is going to have to be moved on, you think, before they can bring in another full-back.”
TIF Thoughts on Matt Doherty’s future at Spurs…
It simply hasn’t worked out for Doherty at Tottenham. Even when he got to work under his former Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo at the start of this season, he wasn’t afforded a single league start, and with Emerson Royal ahead of him in the pecking order – leading him to be played out of position – he may need to find a new club in order to ensure he keeps his spot in the national side as Ireland gear up for Euro 2024 qualification.
Since he arrived, Doherty has only managed to play 1,342 minutes of Premier League football, but with the full-back still tied down until 2024, it may not be an easy deal for Spurs to broker if they want to sell him given his lacklustre time at the club to date.