Alan Hutton has claimed that news of Nuno Espirito Santo’s appointment as the new head coach of Tottenham Hotspur would have been met with delight by Matt Doherty.
The Republic of Ireland international moved to North London from Molineux last summer in a £14.7million deal (The Guardian) and despite the expectations that he could provide tough competition for Serge Aurier, he struggled to hold down a regular place in the first team.
Doherty started thirteen of Tottenham’s Premier League matches last season but failed to show the same attacking threat which made him such a hit at Wolves.
Hutton believes that Doherty has been unlucky since his move to Spurs with Jose Mourinho having operated a different tactical style to what the 29-year-old was previously used to and suggested that Nuno could help to get the best out of him once again.
Hutton told Football Insider: “You have a feeling about those sorts of things,”
“When there’s a manager that knows you well and can get the best out of you, it’s huge.”
“I think Matt Doherty has been a little bit unfortunate. He’s come into a Tottenham side that played a completely different style to what he was used to at Wolves.
“A manager coming in who knows you inside and out can get the best out of you. I’m pretty sure he’ll be the one player in that dressing room who will be really happy with that appointment going through.
“You would like to think he can get the best out of him.”
With Serge Aurier expected to leave the club this summer, Matt Doherty has a chance to cement his place as first-choice. The potential arrival of Takehiro Tomiyasu from Bologna could also help to keep him on his toes.
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