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Tottenham Hotspur: Sky Sports reporter praises ‘outstanding’ Matt Doherty

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Sky Sports reporter Declan Olley has given his thoughts on the performance of Matt Doherty for Tottenham Hotspur.

It’s fair to say that Doherty’s time at Tottenham hasn’t been the smoothest since he signed in the summer of 2020, facing competition from the likes of Serge Aurier and Emerson Royal for his position and never quite being able to nail down a spot as a first-team regular under any of the managers that he’s had in North London.

It even got to a stage where the club were reportedly looking to sell him in this past January transfer window, but luckily for him they didn’t manage to get a deal done, because it looks as if it may have been a blessing in disguise.

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Spurs ran out comfortable 5-0 winners against Everton at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to really give their chances of finishing in a European place a major boost, with the Irishman putting in a rather impressive display on the night, grabbing two assists for both of Harry Kane’s goals, with Sky Sports journalist Olley (via the Sky Sports website, 20:55) describing his performance as ‘outstanding’:

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Olley wasn’t the only journalist who was left impressed by his performance, with The Athletic’s Charlie Eccleshare observing that Everton ‘just can’t handle him’ with fellow Athletic writer Jack Pitt-Brooke calling his performance a ‘midfield masterclass’.

And their words are certainly backed up by the numbers, as per SofaScore, on top of the two assists he made four key passes, completed 85% of his passes, won nine duels, had 86 touches and made five tackles, proving his worth at both ends of the pitch.

It certainly is a vast difference from the days where the club wanted to get rid of him, and who knows if this is just a one game thing or the start of a renaissance at the club.

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