Danny Mills has claimed that Matt Doherty needs to make amends with Jose Mourinho following his recent red card.
The right-back received a second yellow card and his marching orders two minutes into stoppage time after a lunge on Pablo Hernandez during the 3-0 victory against Premier League newcomers Leeds United.
The red card earned Doherty a one-match ban which saw him sit out the Carabao Cup semi-final victory against Brentford on Tuesday evening with Serge Aurier coming back into the starting eleven.
Mills believes that Doherty must now knuckle down in training and prove to the Portuguese that he can be trusted not to make foolish decisions in matches.
The former England international does not believe that Doherty has blown his chance of becoming Tottenham’s first-choice right-back, but instead it is now up to the player to prove his worth.
Mills told Football Insider: “No, I don’t think so.
“Aurier came in and made a mistake by giving away the penalty [against Leicester] and came straight back in.
“There’s not an awful lot between them, I would suggest, in Mourinho’s head.
“As much as Jose would have been absolutely fuming with the needless red card he will understand that if he is a player that he can utilise and he’s the strongest player in that position, he will use him. Simple as that.
“It’s up to him to make amends, to show that he is sorry by performing in training and not doing silly things again in matches.
“Look at Ndombele. We all thought Ndombele was done and dusted several times and Mourinho has gone ‘look, the guy’s got talent, I can use that. I just need to get the best out of him.’ and that’s what he’s done.”
Serge Aurier is also prone to a defensive lapse in concentration which has cost us dearly in the past and also as recent as the loss to Leicester City where he conceded a penalty on the cusp of half-time while the game was still goalless.
Doherty’s red card was foolish and thankfully it happened so late in the match with a three-goal cushion, that it didn’t end up coming back to haunt us.
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