According to a report by ESPN, Matt Doherty’s future at Tottenham Hotspur is uncertain and the right-back could be sold by the club at the end of the season.
Doherty has not had the impact many would have hoped for since arriving from Wolves in the summer and has largely played second fiddle to Serge Aurier this season.
Even with Aurier missing the last two Premier League games against Manchester City and West Ham with an injury, Jose Mourinho opted to start Japhet Tanganga at right-back over Doherty in both those matches, even though the 29-year-old did replace Tanganga at half-time at the London Stadium.
ESPN claims that Mourinho is becoming increasingly frustrated with the Republic of Ireland international’s lack of progress and is starting to have doubts about whether he could make it at Spurs.
It is stated that the Tottenham boss will consider making the defender available for sale in the summer unless his form improves.
However, it is suggested that Doherty is not ready to give up on his Spurs career and is keen to prove himself.
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If Tottenham do enter the market for a young right-back like Max Aarons in the summer, one would expect that it will be Doherty who is moved on rather than Aurier. However, the Ivorian will only have a year left on his contract at the end of the season and so that might force the club’s hand in selling him.
I personally think Doherty has shown signs of improvement over the past few weeks and is showing some glimpses of the version of him we saw at the Molineux. He needs to have a run of games to build some momentum and confidence but it remains to be seen if he will get that with Aurier now seemingly back from his injury.
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