Pundit urges Tottenham summer signing to leave club after one season

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Dom Le Roy

Gabriel Agbonlahor has urged Matt Doherty to leave Tottenham Hotspur after just one season in North London, insisting that the way Jose Mourinho’s side play does not suit the right-back.

Doherty has not had the impact he would have hoped for since arriving at Tottenham in the summer and has struggled to get a run of games in the side.

Some of his displays have left a lot to be desired and the former Wolves man was even overlooked in favour of Japhet Tanganga for the matches against West Ham and Manchester City when Serge Aurier was unavailable.

Reports indicate that Mourinho has his doubts over whether the 29-year-old could succeed at Tottenham and that the right-back is in danger of being sold at the end of the season if he does not turn his form around.

Agbonlahor believes that Doherty’s struggles are a result of being asked to play as a full-back rather than as a wing-back and believes that it might be in the player’s best interests to leave Spurs.

The former Aston Villa striker told Football Insider: “I think he’s done well, Tanganga but Doherty, he did very well at Wolves but it was in a wing-back position.

“If you want to get the best out of Doherty, you’ve got to play him further up the pitch, he’s not the best of defenders.

“He’s been in and out of the team as well, he needs a run of games to get the best out of him.

“I think the way Spurs are playing he doesn’t suit their team at the moment.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if he moved on in the summer and that’s what I’d be saying to him.”

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I suspect that Jose brought Doherty in with the idea to use him in an advanced role in a similar type of lopsided formation that he employed last season.

However, Tottenham’s capture of Reguilon meant that the former Wolves man could not play as high up the pitch as he did at the Molineux and had to readapt his game which he has not been able to so far.

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