An intriguing claim has emerged on Tottenham Hotspur’s plans this summer transfer window…
It’s thought that defensive duo Eric Dier and Matt Doherty could be two players that the Premier League outfit are looking to sell, as revealed by talkSPORT’s transfer expert Alex Crook on the ‘White and Jordan’ show this week.
“I think there will be more departures from North London this summer. And maybe some surprising names on this list.
“We know they’re open to offers for Davinson Sanchez and I’ve been told this morning that Eric Dier and Matt Doherty could also be surplus to requirements, and maybe that’s a bit of a surprise in the case of Doherty because he performed so admirably under Nuno at Wolves.”
Spurs’ struggles at the back last season were no secret, and it is indeed why newly-appointed sporting director Fabio Paratici is primarily targeting additions in defence, notably in both Dier and Doherty’s positions.
A combination of individual mistakes – such as Dier’s calamitous display at Leeds – and a lack of true leadership led to Spurs recording the worst defensive record of the traditional ‘big six’ – even arch-rivals Arsenal, who finished lower in the table, had a better defensive record.
Indeed, the central partnership of the Englishman alongside Sanchez was dubbed one of the worst in the top-flight by former midfielder Jamie O’Hara, so it should be no surprise that both could be up for sale before next month’s deadline.
Dier also often took the critics of the Spurs fanbase. As relayed by This is Futbol, against Chelsea he was branded as an “absolute clown“, whilst even their pre-season win over Colchester this week saw some call him a “disgrace” and “useless.”
Some would surely be glad to see the back of him amid this fresh claim.
Meanwhile, Doherty struggled so much since his £15m arrival that ex-manager Jose Mourinho was also tempted to sell him, according to ESPN. After all, there must be a reason to why Nuno let his first-choice right-back leave for so little under his tenure.
And just like his teammate, the Irishman has received plenty of flak from the Spurs faithful. After leaking five goals to Everton in the FA Cup, Doherty’s ability as a professional footballer was questioned by many, whilst he was dubbed a “serious liability” after their defeat to arch-rivals Arsenal.
Therefore, on the above evidence, you’d imagine that many around N17 will be absolutely delighted with this surprising claim from talkSPORT.
AND in other news, Nuno could secure his next Neto if Spurs sign “exciting” £27m-rated “big talent”…