With Antonio Conte heading into his first Premier League fixture as Tottenham Hotspur manager on Sunday afternoon, the 52-year-old would have undoubtedly been hoping for a positive performance and result from Spurs’ trip to Everton.
However, despite his side enjoying more possession of the ball than the hosts, as well as creating one big chance compared to the Toffees’ none, Tottenham could ultimately not find the breakthrough to seal all three points at Goodison Park, with the fixture ending goalless.
In terms of individual performances, there were not many standout players for the Italian, however, the display of second-half substitute Matt Doherty did manage to catch the eye, but for all the wrong reasons.
Indeed, over his 19 minutes on the pitch, the £74k-per-week right-back – who, rather surprisingly, was brought on at left wing-back – completed just nine passes, was dribbled past by an opponent twice and lost possession of the ball on six separate occasions, despite only having 25 touches.
The 29-year-old defender also conceded two fouls, failed to make a single tackle and lost five of his seven duels – a failure rate of 71%.
Football.London journalist Rob Guest was also clearly unimpressed with Doherty’s display against the Toffees, awarding the right-back a match rating of just four, as well as commenting: “On for the final 20 minutes at left wing-back and, unsurprisingly, always wanted to cut inside when on the ball.”
As such, while recent reports have suggested that Doherty could flourish under the management of Conte, the display of the defender who Michael Owen dubbed “not good enough” for Spurs will have done nothing to convince the Italian he is worthy of a starting spot in the Tottenham side, and perhaps even raised the thought in the former Inter Milan manager’s mind that he may not be up to the standard required at Spurs.