Fabrizio Romano says Spurs defender who played this week has ‘serious chances’ to leave in January

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Fabrizio Romano has reported that Matt Doherty could have the chance to secure a way out of Tottenham Hotspur in the January transfer window.

Doherty has struggled to get a regular run in Tottenham’s starting eleven since arriving from Wolves 18 months ago.

The Irishman would have hoped that he would get opportunities under Nuno Espirito Santo given his success under the Portuguese coach at Molineux but he was once again overlooked by the 47-year-old.

It has been a similar situation for Doherty at the start of Antonio Conte’s reign, with the right-back having started just two matches under the Italian so far.

The 29-year-old came on for Sergio Reguilon at half-time in Tottenham’s 1-1 draw at Southampton and he did show glimpses of his quality, making some well-timed overlaps from left-wing-back.

However, Romano believes the former Wolves man’s time in North London could be up soon. The journalist said on the latest episode of the Here We Go Podcast (starting at 16:21) that Doherty ‘has serious chances’ of leaving Spurs in January.

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I do feel sorry for Doherty as he has never had a consistent run in the starting eleven to prove his quality. That has probably affected the right-back’s confidence.

Despite his errors in the final third against the Saints, I was impressed with his willingness to make overlaps. I thought he showed shades of the player he was at Wolves even though he was playing out of position.

However, Emerson does need competition for his place in the side and if Conte feels Doherty cannot provide that, we will need to move him on and sign an upgrade in January.

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