Tottenham Hotspur defender Matt Doherty is quickly becoming a forgotten man around N17.
The arrival of Djed Spence in a £15m deal from Middlesbrough during the summer transfer window was always going to make the right wing-back spot a crowded department and it appears as if the Irishman has slipped further down the pecking order.
Despite doubts over the credentials of Emerson Royal, the 30-year-old is seemingly on the periphery of the first-team squad, having failed to register more than eight minutes of action since the start of the 2022/23 campaign.
It means the £15m Jose Mourinho signing is quickly becoming a complete waste of money as he cannot break into the starting XI, even when manager Antonio Conte needs to rotate his team with seven matches in a three-week period.
The youthful Spence may well now be preferred, particularly as at the age of just 22, he’s the better long-term prospect to the former Wolverhampton Wanderers star, who was once dubbed the “weak link” of this Spurs side.
Doherty did enjoy some success at the back end of last season but injury curtailed his progress under the stern Italian head coach and evidently, since then, Conte has preferred other players over him.
Now valued at a lowly £6m by CIES Football Observatory, any hopes of earning some of that £15m back in future windows appear to be dead and buried – he’s not playing and certainly isn’t getting any younger.
“West Ham also looking at trying to do a right-back today and have asked Tottenham about a loan for Matt Doherty,” tweeted the The Sun’s Jack Rosser.
The 6-foot wide man isn’t amongst the highest earners at Hotspur Way, in fact he’s quite some margin off Harry Kane’s mooted £200k-per-week contract, but he is in the next rung of players, raking in around £65k-per-week, as per Capology (via FBref).
Overall, the signing of Doherty back in summer 2020 – some 105 weeks ago – has been nothing short of a waste as since then, he’s cost the club around £21.8m in total, when factoring in his wages and transfer fee.
The Ireland international continues to burn a hole in the pockets of the ENIC Group, so if the opportunity arises to move him on this winter, then sporting director Fabio Paratici must do so as there appears to be no future for him at Tottenham.