‘Didn’t see that one coming’ – Pundit reacts to Tottenham deadline day twist

Former Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Paul Robinson has taken to Twitter to share his reaction to the shocking news of Matt Doherty being released by Spurs on deadline day.

With all eyes on the arrival of Pedro Porro yesterday, it was already something of a manic deadline day at Tottenham Hotspur.

The transfer of Porro was finally announced, in an initial loan deal worth a reported £4.3 million (Record), but this signing meant some Spurs players would have to leave the club.

Youngster Djed Spence was the first right wing-back out of the door, joining French side Stade Rennes on loan for the rest of the season as announced by Tottenham Hotspur yesterday.

Many suspected Emerson Royal would be next to leave, but a report from the Evening Standard explained how the player was reluctant to depart North London this month.

The same report suggested Matt Doherty, who moved to Spurs in 2020 for £14.7m from Wolves (Guardian), was about to join Atletico Madrid on loan for the rest of the season.

Late last night, however, that loan move became a permanent signing for the Spanish side, after it emerged Spurs had already reached the maximum of eight international loans for the season.

A report from Football.London explained the club was left with no choice but to terminate Doherty’s contract instead to allow him to leave.

It’s a situation that has taken many by surprise and led to much confusion and frustration from supporters. The circumstances certainly caught Robinson off guard, who took to social media to share his reaction.

Robinson quote-tweeted the club’s announcement regarding Doherty’s departure with the comment: “Didn’t see that one coming.”

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Spurs Web Opinion

While Matt Doherty wasn’t exactly setting the world alight at Tottenham, he wouldn’t have been my first choice to leave the club out of the right wing-backs we had, and I certainly wouldn’t have released him for nothing. If the club had just planned ahead, we could surely have got a small fee for him instead, but what’s done is done.

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