Graham Roberts has exclusively told Football FanCast that Tottenham should have kept Kyle Walker-Peters instead of signing Matt Doherty.
Following a number of problems since the departure of Kyle Walker to Manchester City almost three years ago, the arrival of Doherty from Wolves was meant to solve Spurs’ ongoing right-back issues.
However, the Republic of Ireland defender hasn’t managed to become Jose Mourinho’s first-choice on the right, with Doherty mainly playing second-fiddle to Serge Aurier throughout the campaign after 24-year-old Walker-Peters joined Southampton.
Doherty has made just 12 Premier League starts this term, and has made a further 12 appearances in European and domestic cup competitions.
Part of his struggles have been down to the fact he was mainly deployed as a wing-back at Molineux, whilst he’s played almost the entire season at Tottenham at full-back.
And Roberts told Football FanCast that it was a strange addition:
“Doherty is not a right-back, he’s a right wing-back, so why would you buy a right wing-back? You might as well have kept Walker-Peters, that’s what I don’t understand.”
There was a great deal of excitement following Doherty’s arrival, but it simply hasn’t worked for either party, so much so that he’s already been linked back to Wolves less than 12 months after his departure.