Nuno Espirito Santo was asked about Matt Doherty this afternoon in his first press conference as Tottenham Hotspur head coach.
Nuno and Doherty previously worked together at Wolves in both the Championship and Premier League, to good effect at that.
In his final season with Wolves, the Irish defender managed a staggering seven goals and five assists in 50 games across all competitions from right wing-back (TransferMarkt).
Unfortunately, his first season with Spurs was not as successful, with Doherty struggling to gain consistent minutes under Jose Mourinho.
The former Wolves man featured 29 times across the campaign, racking up four assists but didn’t manage any goals and clocked up just 1200 Premier League minutes (TransferMarkt).
Nuno has now claimed that Doherty needs to commit himself and work hard in training every day, adding that he knows the defender and wants to try and get the best out of him.
He said (Football London): “What he’s doing every day. Commit himself, work hard, the quality is there. I know him, he knows us. Take the best of him and this is what we will try.”
Spurs Web Opinion:
I think that Doherty’s season will go one of two ways. If we play a back five, we will see big improvements under Nuno. If we play a back four, Doherty will continue to struggle as it simply does not match up to his main skillsets.
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