In what has been yet another impressive campaign for Wolves in the Premier League, the likes of Raul Jimenez and Adama Traore have stolen most of the limelight.
And it’s difficult to argue that it’s undeserved. The duo have been integral to Nuno Espirito Santo’s side finding themselves in sixth place in the table, with Jimenez netting 13 times, and Traore providing seven assists in the top-flight.
But one man who arguably should be getting a similar amount of credit, is Matt Doherty.
The Wolves ace has enjoyed a stellar season in that right wing-back role, and has been a consistently reliable performer for Nuno. In 37 games across all competitions, he has scored seven times, and set up three others – quite the record for someone simply playing a more attacking version of a full-back.
And when you look at some of the under-lying numbers behind his performances, it is clear to see why Doherty is surely held in such high regard by his manager. As per Whoscored, his 1.2 shots per game puts him fifth amongst all Wolves players, whilst he is also in the top nine for tackles, interceptions, key passes and dribbles.
The Irishman is an all-action style of player, and his ability to get up and down the flank, and consistently deliver at both ends of the pitch, makes him one of Wolves’ stand-out performers this season.
One of the most iconic remarks made on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football was when Jamie Carragher claimed that nobody wanted to grow up and be a Gary Neville. Essentially, that becoming a full-back, is never going to be a dream for up-and-coming stars.
But Doherty’s performances are doing a lot to shed that image, and he is instead painting a picture of how influential the modern day wing-back can really be. So whilst the likes of Jimenez and Adama may continue to share the limelight, perhaps some room should be made for their £18m-rated teammate to earn his fair dues too.