Spurs: 'Good news for Tottenham fans' involving £15m flop

Tottenham Hotspur defender Matt Doherty has ‘stepped up to the plate’ in recent weeks following a tough spell, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.

The 30-year-old arrived at Spurs from Wolverhampton Wanderers in a £15 million deal back in August 2020 but has struggled to find his best form until the last couple of months.

What is the latest news involving Doherty?

Doherty established himself as a Premier League player with Wolves after their promotion in 2018, registering 15 goals and 15 assists in 95 appearances across all competitions during 2018/19 and 2019/20.

And the Republic of Ireland international’s impressive displays at Molineux earned him a move to north London, yet things didn’t initially work out as planned.

During his maiden campaign with Spurs, Doherty made just 13 Premier League starts, failed to find the back of the net in any of his 29 outings and set up just four strikes.

He shared the right-back berth with Serge Aurier, and when the controversial character departed in the summer, Emerson Royal was brought in from Barcelona to provide additional cover and competition.

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It seemed as though the Brazilian was set to take Doherty’s place in the starting XI on a permanent basis after he featured from the off in 14 of Tottenham’s subsequent 16 top-flight fixtures following his arrival.

However, Doherty has experienced a rather dramatic change in fortunes of late, racking up five goal contributions in his last six league games upon his return to the first-team fold.

What has O’Rourke said about Doherty?

Doherty now appears to be a firm part of Antonio Conte’s thinking at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, and O’Rourke believes his upturn in form can ‘only be good news’ for the club’s supporters.

He told GiveMeSport: “Doherty has stepped up to the plate. He’s established himself now in Antonio Conte’s plans, and we’re now seeing the Matt Doherty from Wolves at Tottenham at last. And that can only be good news for Tottenham fans going forward.”

Could Tottenham still replace Doherty?

According to The Athletic, the main focus for Tottenham in the summer will be to sign a left-sided centre-back, but the ‘next priority’ will be two wing-backs, one for each flank.

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And one potential target for the right-hand side is Juventus veteran Juan Cuadrado.

Italian reporter Rudy Galetti recently revealed that Spurs ‘got in touch’ with the 33-year-old’s agent over a potential move before stating that director of football Fabio Paratici would ‘be glad to welcome’ him to the club.

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