Robinson admits he would be ‘very surprised’ if Spurs sold defender

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Paul Robinson has said that he does not expect Tottenham to sell Matt Doherty this summer despite the right-back’s struggles in his first season at the club.

Doherty arrived at Spurs on the back of a couple of excellent seasons for Wolves, where he was one of the most productive attacking wing-backs in the Premier League.

However, the 29-year-old has not managed to hit anywhere near the same heights over the course of his season at Spurs and has spent large portions of the campaign being kept out of the team by Serge Aurier.

There have been rumours suggesting that Spurs could cut their losses on the Republic of Ireland international this summer but Robinson believes that Doherty will be given another chance next season.

The former Tottenham goalkeeper told Football Insider: “I would be very surprised if Doherty left because I think he did well at the start of the season.

“He definitely plays better in a five rather than a four though.

“He has struggled in the second half of the season but I would be very surprised to see him leave a year after he arrived.”

Nuno Espirito Santo, the man under whom Doherty thrived at Wolves, is one of the names rumoured to be on Tottenham’s shortlist to replace Jose Mourinho.

Robinson believes the Portuguese coach’s arrival could help the right-back get back to his best.

He added: “We will have to wait and see who the new manager is because it will be the new manager, not Daniel Levy, who will make that sort of call.

“There is talk of Nuno Espirito Santo coming in and if he was to be the next manager Doherty’s future would be a very bright one. Nuno knows how to get the best out of him.”

Spurs Web Opinion

Doherty has looked like a player who is extremely short of confidence since arriving at the club. There is no way he is as bad a player as he has demonstrated this season. I would not mind seeing him handed a fresh start under a new manager who does not curtail his attacking instinct through too much defensive responsibilities. However, I would not be surprised if Spurs decided to cash in on him as he is a sellable asset and we need to sell players to buy this summer.

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