Antonio Conte’s Tottenham Hotspur side went into Monday’s Premier League clash with Everton in a run of rather inconsistent form, with Spurs having lost four and won two of their last six outings in all competitions – something the Italian manager would have undoubtedly been hoping to put right against the Toffees.
And, with Michael Keane lashing the ball past Jordan Pickford in just the 14th minute of the match, before Son Heung-Min doubled the home side’s advantage just three minutes later, Tottenham could not have hoped for a much better start.
Harry Kane joined in on the act just before half-time, cooly slotting home after latching onto the end of a defence-splitting pass by Matt Doherty, before Sergio Reguilon made it four with his first touch of the game after being introduced at the break.
The rout was complete midway through the second half, when Doherty once again linked up with Kane, with the 28-year-old volleying home the Irish international’s floated cross to make it five and secure all three points at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
However, while it will almost certainly be the England captain who steals the headlines this morning, it will have undoubtedly been the performance of Doherty that most pleased Conte on Monday night, as the right wing-back finally took his big chance under the Italian.
After being given the nod ahead of Emerson Royal on the right flank, Doherty shone over his 90 minutes against the Toffees – both in a defensive and an attacking capacity.
Indeed, the £10.8m-rated right-back enjoyed a whopping 87 touches of the ball, completed 52 passes, created two big chances, made four key passes, completed four long balls, was successful with one dribble and ended the match with two assists to his name.
The £74k-per-week defender also won eight of his ten duels – a success rate of 80% – made five tackles, made two interceptions and won one free-kick for his side.
These returns saw the player who was once dubbed a “weak link” of the Tottenham side earn a quite astonishing SofaScore match rating of 9.3, ranking him as the best performer from either team on the night.
As such, it would very much appear as if the Republic of Ireland international will now be Conte’s first choice at right wing-back over the remainder of the season, as the 30-year-old finally took his big chance under the Italian on Monday night.