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Sky Sports reporter Michael Bridge has advised Matt Doherty to go out on loan in January.

Doherty joined for £14.7m from Wolves last summer, but is yet to find his feet at Tottenham and is essentially third-choice right-back at present.

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It’s been just under 14 months since the 28-year-old swapped the Midlands for London, but it’s so far been an incredibly tough period for the Republic of Ireland international.

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He was initially the club’s first-choice right-back but lost his place to Serge Aurier last season and has never recovered.

Doherty would make 29 appearances across all competitions, but just seven league starts from December onwards suggested that he wasn’t massively fancied by Jose Mourinho or Ryan Mason.



His fortunes haven’t changed this season and his chances of playing more regularly have been damaged by the re-emergence of Japhet Tanganga at right-back and summer signing of Emerson Royal, who appears Nuno Espirito Santo’s number one.

Having played just seven minutes in the Premier League this season, Bridge believes that with enough cover at right-back, a temporary switch away in January would be sensible.

What did Bridge say?

He told GIVEMESPORT: “I would suggest that he should go out on loan in January.

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“I don’t think Spurs would stand in his way, if Emerson continues, he seems to be really happy and then you’ve got Tanganga, who played well against City, but has his flaws, although Spurs look alright in that department.”

Is Doherty’s situation likely to improve at Tottenham?

Right now, besides the Conference League and Carabao Cup, it’s difficult to see where his next start is coming from.

Doherty is now essentially watching on in hope of an opportunity or by the off chance that one of Royal or Tanganga gets injured.

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Doherty himself has recently been out injured, thwarting his chances of impressing Nuno in Europe last Thursday, although judging by Spurs’ performance as a whole, it probably did him a favour.

He has started four of the five European games, missing only the Vitesse defeat, but unless something changes drastically, Doherty’s role up to January will be playing the final three group games and waiting in hope that he gets a call for a Premier League start.

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