‘This is where Mourinho is special’ – Merson hails Spurs boss for two smart summer additions

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Paul Merson has lavished praise on Jose Mourinho for identifying Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Matt Doherty as players that can help improve his Tottenham side.

Tottenham made seven new additions during the summer transfer window, with Hojberg and Doherty being among the first to arrive through the door.

There were some question marks over whether the former Southampton man was the kind of midfielder Tottenham needed to take them to the next level but he has certainly proved critics wrong in the first couple of months of the new campaign.

The Denmark international has quickly established himself as an important part of Spurs’ midfield and has showcased his leadership qualities already.

Doherty, on the other hand, has had a mixed start to his Spurs career, being in and out of the side for the first few weeks of the campaign.

The former Wolves man has admitted himself that he is having to readjust his game and learn to play as a right-back, after shinning as a wing-back at the Molineux over the last couple of years.

However, there are now signs that he is getting used to his new surroundings, with the 28-year-old now having established himself as the first choice ahead of Serge Aurier.

The Republic of Ireland international registered his first assist in a Tottenham shirt against West Brom on Sunday as Harry Kane rose to meet his lovely loped cross into the box to give the away side all three points.

Speaking about Hojbjerg’s and Doherty’s captures, Merson told Sky Sports: “This is where Mourinho is special. He sees things others don’t. He sees what he needs, and he doesn’t just go out and buy players for the sake of it.

“In Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, they needed that ball-winning midfielder to break things up and then there are the full-backs.

“I couldn’t believe Wolves let Matt Doherty go. For the price Wolves let him go for, I didn’t get that one at all.

“That’s where Mourinho is so good, and I as I said earlier, as long as he’s in charge, they’ve got a chance.

“It’s not impossible at all, but again, we are only seven games in, and you could not write the script of the league so far this season.”

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