Tottenham Hotspur defender, Matt Doherty, has reportedly been told that he can leave the club this summer, according to talkSPORT.
Doherty has experienced a difficult time in north London following his £14.7 million (Guardian) arrival from Wolverhampton Wanderers in the summer of 2020. The right wing-back was in impressive form during the few weeks prior to the knee injury he sustained at Aston Villa which ended his season prematurely in April.
The potential arrival of Djed Spence (Telegraph), could see extra competition for places on the right-hand side of the pitch, while Emerson Royal has also been linked with an exit, La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid are said to be keen on the Brazilian international (Daily Mail).
Our View – Best to move on
Matt Doherty, throughout his time at Tottenham, has been the ultimate professional. He has waited for his chances and given it his all when the team has needed him.
However, with the club changing direction under Antonio Conte in the middle of a rebuild, it may be in Doherty’s best interest to look for a club where he may be given more first-team opportunities, should he find himself behind Djed Spence in the Italian’s plans.
It is likely that only one of Doherty or Royal will depart this summer, should Spence arrive. It could be argued that Doherty is much more of a natural wing-back that fits in with Conte’s requirements, while Royal is a traditional right-back who struggles in the final third of the pitch.