Tottenham Hotspur could do with reinforcing their defensive armoury this summer and a new right-sided option is surely high on the agenda, but fresh reports to a new target seem rather baffling…
What’s the word?
According to Football.London reporter Alasdair Gold, Spurs boss Jose Mourinho is keen on bringing Wolves right wing-back Matt Doherty to north London and is a big fan of the Irishman.
It’s claimed that the 28-year-old could cost Spurs around £12m without add-ons whilst they’ve also looked at the likes of Norwich City’s Max Aarons, Lille’s Zeki Celik and Atalanta’s Timothy Castagne.
Would Matt Doherty be a good signing for Spurs at £12m?
Their chances of clinching the long-serving Wolves star could be bolstered should Nuno Santo land Ainsley Maitland-Niles from arch-rivals Arsenal.
Gold goes onto claim that Doherty “ticks a lot of boxes” for Spurs but it’s rather hard to agree despite him being a very good player in the Premier League.
He’s been able to thrive at Molineux thanks to Nuno’s system, which is usually a back three with wing-backs, something that Mourinho very rarely utilises – the Wolves boss has never played a back four during his time at the club, as per Transfermarkt.
There’s no denying that Spurs need a right-back after selling Kyle Walker-Peters to Southampton whilst Serge Aurier continues to be linked with an exit himself.
However, based on the 2019/20 campaign, the divisive Ivorian actually outperformed Doherty.
The 27-year-old provided two more assists and averaged more tackles (2.8), clearances (2.5), dribbles (1.2) and key passes (1) per game, via WhoScored.
So it doesn’t seem like he’d be much of an upgrade at all nor does he fit the system in north London.
That’s not to say he isn’t a top player in the PL because he is and that’s been reinforced by Jemaine Jenas calling him “absolutely sensational” on Match of the Day and Danny Mills believes the Irishman has been “outstanding” in the Midlands.
It’s just not a great fit for either party, so Mourinho shouldn’t bother sleepwalking Spurs into a nightmare scenario with this swoop.
AND in other news, Mourinho urged to sign ex-PL superstar Micky Gray…