Darren Bent has expressed concern over whether fans are going to see the best of Matt Doherty in a Tottenham shirt since he is being asked to play as a full-back rather than a wing-back.
The Republic of Ireland international has been one of the stand-out players in his position since Wolves’ promotion to the Premier League, having been a constant threat down the right flank for Nuno Espirito Santo’s men.
Spurs fans will be hoping that the 28-year-old will able to make a similar impact once he settles in at North London.
Doherty admitted last month (Football.London) that he is still adapting to the defensive requirements of playing in a back four but Bent is not sure that the system suits him.
Speaking to Sportology TV, he said: “I always liked Matt Doherty when he was at Wolves, I thought he was a tremendous player.
“My only concern with that one was that we always saw the best of him when he played in a back three and he was a right wing-back.
“But, as a flat right-back, I’m not quite sure if we’re going to see the best of him.”
However, the former Tottenham striker has far fewer doubts regarding Tottenham’s other full-back signing, Sergio Reguilon.
Bent admitted that he has been impressed with the energy levels the Spaniard has displayed in his first few matches.
He added: “Reguilon has been absolutely superb. He gets up and down with energy.
“He’s assisting, he’s always in the box looking to score and he can get himself back.”
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In Reguilon, Davies, Doherty and Aurier, Mourinho has four full-backs with very different attributes at his disposal and that gives him plenty of options. We have already shown tremendous tactical versatility this season, including playing with a back three as well as four.
Many Spurs fans seem to be convinced that our best team would feature a back four with Reguilon and Doherty as full-backs, with Hojbjerg, Ndombele and Lo Celso in midfield. I am not sure we will ever get to see that team.
The only way I can see Jose starting both Reguilon and Doherty is if we play a back three or if we have both Sissoko (or Winks) and Hojbjerg shielding the back four, as we had at Old Trafford.
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