Tottenham latest news: Antonio Conte could love 'strange' £15m signing


Sky Sports reporter Michael Bridge doesn’t think that Matt Doherty is a Tottenham type of player and described his signing as a strange one.

Doherty was signed by Jose Mourinho last summer when he joined for £15m from Wolves.

He was initially the club’s first-choice right-back but has made just one Premier League appearance this season and that came against Manchester City more than two months ago.

Why did Tottenham sign Doherty?

Spurs’ right-back problem dates back to when Kieran Trippier left after the Champions League final and Tottenham failed to replace him.

12 months later, though, Tottenham appeared to solve their issue when Doherty, who’d been one of the most eye-catching full-backs for Wolves, arrived for what appeared a reasonable price.

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However, some 15 months later, Doherty’s role in the Tottenham squad remains unclear.

Right now, he’s essentially third-choice right-back behind Emerson Royal and Japhet Tanganga and has been demoted to playing in the Europa Conference League with a group of players, whose futures at Spurs are all uncertain.



Doherty’s signing appeared to make perfect sense at the time given Tottenham’s desperate need for a right-sided player.

However, Bridge reckons that Doherty has never quite fit in at the club.

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What did Bridge say?

He told GIVEMESPORT: “You know when you get players that aren’t Tottenham players, when they sign, they don’t feel like Tottenham players.

“Steven Pienaar never felt like Tottenham, Clint Dempsey didn’t and to a lesser extent, Matt Doherty always felt a strange one.”

Could Doherty’s situation improve under Antonio Conte?

Doherty’s future at Tottenham was starting to look bleak, but Conte’s arrival could change that.

As mentioned above, he’s got a tough job on his hands dislodging Royal, but the Italian has often played with a back-three, which could allow Doherty to play in his best position.

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He’ll still have to catch Conte’s eye, but often when a new manger comes in, there’s one player that comes back into the fold. Eric Dier was that man under Mourinho and Dele Alli under Nuno Espirito Santo.

If Conte does switch to a back-three and Doherty can shake off his recent injury and show some signs of his form from his Wolves days, he’ll be hoping that he can become that player.

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